Having frequent headaches can be very frustrating for mom and child. I'm honestly not sure which is worse. There is so much emotion involved, and worry, stress, frustration, and even sadness when we are bummed that we can't be doing the things in life that we would rather be doing. Mom may have to miss work, and the child may be missing out on playtime or fun activities, sports, etc.
If you think about the last time you had a headache, you probably can't remember exactly what you ate and drank that day or what other things you may have been exposed to such as fragrance plug in's, aerosol sprays, and such. But, if you can write these things down the next time you or your child do get a headache, it can be very helpful information.
Many headaches in children are caused from dehydration. I think we can easily say the same for adults. Life gets busy and it easy to forget to drink water on the regular. Keeping track of what you eat and what you drink is helpful as you can then monitor if you or your child might be dehydrated. How would you know? Well... check you pee! If it is dark yellow, you will want to grab a glass of water as it should be yellow or light yellow, but not dark yellow and certainly not orange!
Teach your kids this trick from little on! Little kids love to check the color of their pee! Plus it helps them want to head to pot so they don't have an accident or helps with potty training. And believe it or not, most of the time, they will tell you if they need a cup of water or not. It's pretty fun. Try it!
Foods can also cause headaches such as foods cooked in old grease or rancid oils, highly processed foods (like the kind that never grow mold!), MSG, food coloring, and sugars. Chocolate, dairy, and peanuts can be triggers as well as many other foods and ingredients. It is a process to find out the cause, but if you can write down the clues, then you will get closer to knowing what to avoid.
If you notice you are walking in your office or in your home and you have a spray or fragrance that triggered your headache to become worse, that is another clue. Replace the product with something more natural or with no fragrance.
So writing these things down and keeping track when you have headaches, is really to note your clues on what to do differently or better in the future. And that is key for prevention of getting more headaches.
Then I suggest coming up with short term and long term therapies that can help. So short term will be "What can I do right now to help alleviate my headache." Long term would be "What can I do regulary (daily, weekly, or monthly) in order to prevent getting headaches."
Let's look at some short term tips:
Now let's look at some long term tips:
Remember to run any new therapies or natural products past your provider first to make sure there isn't any reason you shouldn't do a certain therapy or use a certain product. This goes for your littles or big kids too. Always check precautions and do the research.
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Jamie Michaels, Natural Wellness Educator & Founder of Children's Wellness Tree
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