School Stress or a Migraine? Natural Options For Headache Treatment

These days it’s not just busy, stressed out parents who have headaches; an increasing number of children are getting them too. Most are simple headaches that may be caused by school stress, not getting enough sleep or skipping a meal.

Mom should take care of her headaches too – a recent study published in the journal Neurology showed that women with chronic headache were four times more likely to report symptoms of major depression.

Recurrent headaches are usually tension headaches or migraines, or less commonly a more serious organic headache. If your child has recurrent or severe headaches be sure to see your family doctor first.

Migraine headaches are more common in adolescents and there is usually a family history of them. Common triggers include skipping meals or missing sleep some foods such as chocolate, caffeine, or MSG. Menstruation and hormonal changes can also cause migraines, and girls can suffer from this during puberty.

Migraines are caused by the dilation or constriction of blood vessels in the head. They may be preceded by a visual aura, throbbing or pounding. Migraines are often accompanied by nausea and or vomiting. It often feels better with sleep, quiet and darkness.  Sometimes the pain is on one side of the head.

Tension headaches are due to muscle tension in the neck, back and head. These are often caused by stress and anxiety, or poor posture. School related headaches will come on during or after school and are less common on weekends. The pain may feel like a band around the head. There is usually no nausea or vomiting, and they are often better for rest, relaxation, a hot bath or sleep.

Homeopathic Remedies:

The descriptions  below are meant to illustrate how specific homeopathic remedies can address your unique pattern of symptoms. There is not enough information here to self-prescribe, especially for chronic, recurring headaches. Your Homeopath can select the most appropriate remedy for you or your child, as an alternative to using pain relievers, after any serious condition has been ruled out by your family physician.

Bryonia: This remedy is helpful for headaches that are much worse for any motion, the person just wants to lie as still as possible. The person is irritable and often thirsty. The pain is usually left-sided, over left eye or forehead.

Calcarea phosphorica: This remedy often helps those school headaches in children who are sensitive and easily overwhelmed by homework and stress

Iris versicolor: This remedy has been observed to help with classic migraine symptoms of visual aura, pain on one side of the head, and nausea and vomiting.  The pain is often right-sided. For headaches caused by being overtired.

Note: This information is not intended as medical advice. Seek the advice of your family doctor if you are concerned about headaches.

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