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5 Holistic Kid Headache Remedies

5 kid headache remedies

Headaches are a common complaint in children of all ages. Have you spent time as a parent researching kid headache remedies? You’re not alone. I can personally empathize with all of my headache-suffering patients because I started having chronic headaches when I was just a young child.

Different types of headaches can have different root causes, but all headaches are bothersome and potentially disruptive to your child’s daily activities. While headaches are common, they deserve a complete, possibly urgent evaluation in  certain scenarios:

  • Headaches wake your child up in the morning or during the night. They are associated with nausea, vomiting, fever, neck stiffness, and/or other health issues such as sickness.
  • Headaches occur more than 3 days a week.
  • Your child is unable to participate in activities such as school or extracurricular activities more than twice a month due to headaches.
  • You are at all concerned by the frequency or intensity of your child’s headaches.
  • Your child’s mental health is suffering due to headaches such as recent anxiety or depression.
  • You’ve taken your child to the emergency room or care clinic due to a headache or recent head injury.

Remedies for Headaches

 Are your child’s headaches only occasional? Have worrisome conditions been ruled out after a thorough physical exam and evaluation?  If so, conventional pain medication  would be  acetaminophen or ibuprofen..

However, the holistic approach we take at CentreSpringMD is to find the root cause. In addition, we encourage preventive measures of healthy living like good nutrition, hydration and sleep. Plus, we provide natural and herbal remedies when headaches do hit.

Holistic medicine and its health benefits have been studied for thousands of years. Here are my five favorite integrative and holistic remedies for headache treatment and prevention in children, medically reviewed by me.

Natural Herbal Headache Remedies for Kids

  1. Peppermint Oil

Pure, therapeutic grade peppermint oil is a potent and effective herbal remedy for both headaches and associated nausea. I always recommend diluting essential oils before applying them topically, and always keep the oils away from the eyes.

Peppermint oil can be applied to the temples, but only in children old enough not to rub it into their eyes. It can also be applied to the forehead and back of the neck to help calm a headache when it hits. This can be repeated as frequently as needed until the problem is resolved. You can also apply the diluted peppermint oil to the upper abdomen and to the insides of the wrists to help with any nausea.

Herbal remedies such as peppermint oil are also effective in lowering blood pressure (1). Moreover, it can strengthen the immune system (2).

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5 Holistic Remedies for your Kid’s Headache

Headaches are a common complaint in children of all ages. I can personally empathize with all of my headache-suffering patients because I started having chronic headaches when I was just a young child.

5 Holistic Remedies for your Kid’s Headache

Headaches are a common complaint in children of all ages. I can personally empathize with all of my headache-suffering patients because I started having chronic headaches when I was just a young child.

  1. Magnesium

Magnesium can be used both to acutely treat a headache, as well as to help prevent more chronically occurring headaches (3). An easily absorbable form of magnesium like Magnesium Glycinate, is my recommendation. The dose is determined by the child’s age and size, as well as by what has worked for them in the past. Since magnesium is relaxing, the daily preventive dose is best given in the evening.

  1. Riboflavin

Even in the conventional world, Riboflavin (also known as Vitamin B2) is given to help prevent headaches, with evidence most available specifically for migraines (4). Again, the daily dose would be determined depending on the child’s size and age. 

Alternative Medicine for Kid Headache Remedies

 

  1. Acupuncture

Both standard and needle-free acupuncture can be used as a pain relief treatment for a wide variety of pediatric issues (5). For example, it can be a preventative strategy for acute and/or chronic headaches, migraines, and tension headaches.  This is a therapy that we are happy to be able to offer at CentreSpringMD, performed by our certified acupuncturist.

 

  1. Eliminate Food Triggers

I often encourage kids who suffer frequent headaches to keep a headache diary  including a log of their food/drink intake. Food sensitivities can be a root cause for recurrent headaches. Looking for food associations in a headache diary often helps find the culprits. Remember that symptoms from food sensitivities are not always immediate; they can take 24 hours to 5 days to develop.

 

A few years ago, I discovered that the root cause of my headaches was a significant gluten/wheat sensitivity. I know now that the onset of my severe headache or migraine is not until at least 24 hours after accidental ingestion. Sometimes, just eliminating common food culprits like wheat/gluten, dairy (especially hard cheeses), MSG, and chocolate can be enough to decrease the frequency and severity of headaches. If doing this does not do the trick, we can test for food sensitivities using our ALCAT or IgG testing modalities.

 

Holistic Remedies

 

One of the most gratifying things I get to do as a holistic pediatrician is to provide medical advice on treating headaches. Especially since I suffered so regularly from headache pain  most of my life, I now have the expertise on holistic kid headache remedies. As an integrative medicine primary care doctor, finding the root causes and supporting the body as it heals is a favorite part of my job.

 

Contact CentreSpringMD now to set up an appointment with an integrative medicine pediatrician.

Do you have a favorite natural headache remedy? Better yet, have you crafted an effective home remedy? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

Resources:

 

  1. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01408446
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6943609/
  3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0736467913010196
  4. https://journals.lww.com/ebp/Citation/2021/03000/Is_riboflavin_supplementation_effective_for.27.aspx
  5. https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/105/Supplement_3/941.short

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