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Does Your Child Suffer From Headaches?


Headaches are a common problem among children and teens and can often cause considerable stress. Children can develop different types of headaches that interfere with quality of life.

Although headaches and migraines may not always be curable, there are many treatment options to make them manageable. The Sports Neurology Clinic team is dedicated to helping your child reduce pain and enjoy a happy, healthy childhood.

Our team of physicians has developed "Headache Hygiene Tips,” essential practices for reducing headache frequency and severity. Improving headache hygiene through lifestyle modifications can lessen the burden of headaches significantly, without using medications, and increase the likelihood of successful headache treatment.

Headache Screening Questions


  1. Does your child have headaches more than twice a month?
  2. Do headaches stop your child from doing things they want to do at school or in sports?
  3. Does your child feel nauseated or sick to their stomach when they have a headache?
  4. Does light bother your child when they have a headache?

If you answer YES to any of these questions, your child may benefit from evaluation by a pediatric neurologist.

Headache Hygiene Tips

Sleep
  • Make sure your child goes to sleep and wakes up at the same time every day
  • Your child should avoid excessive sleep or sleep deprivation and aim for at least eight hours of sleep each night
Meals
  • Make sure your child goes to sleep and wakes up at the same time every day
  • Your child should avoid excessive sleep or sleep deprivation and aim for at least eight hours of sleep each night
Exercise Exercise with moderate intensity at least three times each week, which can reduce stress and help maintain physical health
Hydration Drink plenty of water throughout the day as dehydration can cause or worsen headaches
Caffeine Limit caffeine as it can trigger headaches
Stress Manage stress and perform relaxation techniques to reduce onset of headaches

Headache Triggers

Food Other
  • Aged Cheeses
  • Alcohol (especially wine)
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Caffeine (withdrawal or in excess)
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Cured Meats
  • MSG (i.e. soy sauce)
  • Nuts
  • Processed Foods
  • Salty Foods and Sugary Snacks
  • Bright Lights
  • Dehydration
  • Eye Strain
  • Fatigue
  • Menstruation
  • Medication overuse
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Stress
  • Strong Odors (i.e. perfume/cologne)

It is imperative to understand and track your child’s headache triggers and discuss them with our pediatric neurologists.

Meet Our Specialists


The Sports Neurology Clinic is dedicated to your best possible health outcome. Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help you manage your child’s headaches.

Matthew T. McCarthy, MD

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