Headaches are becoming a common occurrence in toddlers.
This sounds worrisome but the causes could be as simple as dehydration which could be checked upon instantly.
Headaches can make your toddler irritable and as per the statistics suggested by the paediatric society of India, by the age of 7, approximately 40% of toddlers have experienced headache occasionally.
It sounds surprising to hear that your little bundle of joy who is always on his toes and running around, might end up having a headache.
The causes of headache could be cold, nasal congestion, toothache, sinus infection, fever, viral, ear infection, eye infection or throat infection.
“Children must be taught to look at the positive side of every situation, no matter what.”
Your toddler may also end up having headache due to long exposure to the scorching Sun or due to excessive outdoor activity which could lead to dehydration.
Sometimes getting bumped on the head may also cause pain in toddlers.
In this post, you would come across different types of headache in children and the ways of dealing with it.
Headaches in toddlers
Headaches happen to each one of us due to the hectic lifestyle and all the stress that we carry through the day. Small toddlers and kids are no exception to this.
In fact, toddlers are sensitive towards the weather changes, wounds or hurts if any and they too end up developing pain in different parts of the body. However, the type of pains varies and are classified as follows:
These are very common type of headaches.
It feels like a mild pain on one or both sides of the head. Sometimes, it may feel like some pressure or heaviness is prevailing around the head.
Your toddler may develop headache due to stress, study pressure or separation anxiety due to absence of parents at school.
The best part about these tension headaches is that the pain disappears immediately when the child unwinds, plays and relaxes.
Migraines are constant headaches that last for hours together.
Migraines dont’ generally occur in toddlerhood and happen only when the child turns 5 to 8 years old.
Migraine usually happens to kids when there is a family history and either parent suffers from it.
Are these headaches in your toddler worrisome?
If headaches occur sometimes and goes away on its own, then there is nothing to worry at all. Only if these headaches are very frequent and severe then you should be consulting your doctor.
In extreme rare cases, the pain may be due to meningitis or brain tumour but this condition is very rare. There are plenty of other symptoms in these cases and their probability of occurrence is very less.
Causes and remedies of headache in toddlers
There are plenty of remedies to take care of when your little baby develops a headache.
Make sure that your little baby is not water deprived.
For this, feed plenty of water through the day.
A small toddler should sleep for a minimum of 10 hours a day.
You need to check if your little one is catching enough sleep or not.
Any indigestion of any sort such as stomach upset or gaseous distension will often lead to headache in small kids.
Feeding curds, banana, papaya and apple with plenty of water is advisable during indigestion.
If the kids are allowed to watch TV for very long or are shown laptops or mobiles for too long, then they may develop stress in the eyes and may have headache as well.
Reading in the dark:
Make sure there is ample light availability while reading out stories to your little one.
Cough, cold and Viral:
Any congestion in the respiratory tract may lead to the development of headache.
Steam inhalation will provide instant relief in situations like these.
Tooth Decay or Sinus:
Any dental problem or Sinus blockages may cause headache in small kids.
Ear/Eye/ Throat infection:
Any infection in these parts could be the source of headache.
Relaxation exercises like deep breathing and meditation is a great way to destress your child instantly.
You need to oil your toddler’s scalp and shoulder and the back of the neck to improve blood circulation and remove any tension that has built up on the muscles of the said parts.
You could also try using ice pack on the affected areas.
You could use safe painkillers too but only on the advice of the doctor.
A little care and nurturing is all that is needed at your end to help your kids attain good health.
Also, a few lessons on positivity right at this tender age will help your kids in a big way once they grow up.