For an adult, dealing with the anguish of a headache that just won't go away is always hard. But that anguish takes on a new meaning when a child is the one suffering from headache pain. Childhood stress, such as the first day of school or the awkwardness of trying to meet new friends, leaves children just as susceptible to headaches as adults.
Most headaches affecting children are classified as either tension or migraine. Tension headaches are the most common and are said to affect 40 percent of all children by age seven.
June 3-9 is Headache Awareness Week, and pediatric neurologist Chris Miller, M.D. at East Tennessee Children's Hospital offers the following information about children and headaches.
"Headaches in children are characterized by long duration with frequent sharp pain and may be related to stress, depression and anxiety," Dr. Miller said. "The intensity of these headaches is moderate to severe when frequent, and mild to moderate when rare."... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.