Did you know six out of every ten kids in your school will probably have had some kind of headache at some time? So you’re not alone!
What’s your headache like?
If you’re reading this article, then it’s probably because you get intense headaches. Maybe you experience them each week or maybe every month. Although headaches mess up your daily routine, they probably do not indicate that something is really wrong with ou.
Is there any different between a simple headache and a migraine?
Well, a migraine is bit different from a headache. if you’re experiencing a migraine you may feel:
- extra sensitive to light and noise
- really sick, and might be sick
- that moving about, or exercising, usually makes your headache worse.
- you want to lie down and sleep to make it better
What else can happen?
You might feel weak or dizzy before your migraine attack. There might be some difficulty in talking, or you may see lines or patterns of light, this is called aura. Aura can be bit scary, especially for all those who experience it for the first time.
If you get migraines or headaches, you might also get car sick. Some kids with recurring migraines don’t get normal headaches at all-they just get some pain in their stomach.
Pain in your head may last for an house or it may go on for hours, and in some cases, even for days.
Getting help is so easy!
Tell your carer or parents about your condition when headache strikes-they will seek appointment with your doctor.
There’s no way one can tell if you’re getting migraine attacks so it’s important that you give all possible information about your headache to your doctor-so keep a migraine diary.
When your doctor has access to the right information, it’s easy to work out plan for you to effectively manage your headaches.
Keeping a diary
Easy way to remember what your headaches are like is to draw or write down what you feel when you get one. These days, you can also do this online.
Drawing or writing down your feelings before and after a migraine attack is very helpful. This is mainly because these feelings warn you in future about impending migraine attack.
Few things you might want to look out for before your attack starts:
- Yawning a lot
- Feeling bit tired
- Feeling cross
- Wanting to be on your own
- Wanting to eat certain foods
Why does your head hurt?
People with migraines may get headaches when they are kids. These attacks happen because brain becomes extra sensitive to some changes. Researchers are still trying to figure out the exact reason for this. The great news is that many people easily grow out of their migraines.
Is it possible to stop it happening?
Many things can “trigger” or set off a migraine. Triggers are different for different people. I’m providing a list of the common triggers some kids have noticed:
Make sure you have enough to drink
This can make a really BIG difference. If you drink regularly and this helps, as if it’s possible to drink water in the class. Explain the reason to your teacher.
Never skip meals
Food is important for energy. Work out the best time to eat breakfast or lunch. It’s often about when you actually eat, not just what you eat. Stick to your times even if you’re in a hurry or are not that hungry. If you’re with your family or friends, don’t let this make you feel different. It’s important to stick to your routine and don’t be embarrassed by it.
Many kids get migraine suddenly after workouts. If you exercise on a regular basis, your body may get used to it and you’re less likely to get a migraine.
Being at your school can stress you, which is the most common trigger. Some young students experience headaches during the school year, but never during holidays. If you’re feeling stressed or are under pressure:
- Talk to a teacher, family member, a friend, or someone you trust
- Don’t bottle it up
- Get properly organized-plan all your days and do only important things first
Change your routine
It’s important to stick to a daily routine. You might notice migraine strikes when you miss your breakfast one day or maybe when you sleep late one night.
Working out triggers
The easiest way to find triggers is to remain vigilant of all that is happening in your life each time you get an attack.
Use your diary to note things like:
- how you feel
- what time you got up
- when and what you ate
You will find you get fewer migraine attacks once you start managing your triggers. At this stage, use your headache diary to count your attacks, and also work out if plan for managing them is working for you. Try to aim for cutting down the number of attacks you experience. However, there is no need to feel disappointed if your attacks continue.
Plan in time to get some relaxation and rest
If you’ve to complete your homework after school, don’t do it continuously. Have short breaks in-between. Get some fresh air, listen to music, or just move away from computer for 20 minutes, because this will definitely help. Choose the best option for you.
Medicine to avoid an attack
If your headaches have a really bad effect on you, your doctor may prescribe you medicines to try and avoid them. This is called preventative medication.
Medicine will treat your attack
Your doctor will examine you and prescribe medicines to handle your migraine attack. You will have to take this medicine immediately as you experience the attack. It’s best to leave a dose of medicine at your school. The medicine your doctor will prescribe will depend upon your headache and its severity. If you often feel sick, your doctor might give something to help you with this.
What should I do when I get a migraine?
If you feel your migraine attack is coming, start early because you will then be in a better position to stop it. Firstly, tell some person about it. For instance, if you’re in school, immediately tell our teacher.
- Steps might include few simple things like:
- Lying down or sitting quietly
- Eating or drinking something
- Sleeping just for few minutes
- Rest when you start feeling better
Hopefully you won’t have to go home from the school, and if you’re at home, just rest for some time and carry on with your day. If your attack gets worse, it’s best to go home to bed.
Sometimes headaches you experience might make you feel bit different from your classmates. If you’ve to leave your class because of headaches, or you fail to meet your friends at any arranged meet, tell them why. With bit of explaining, your friends will understand your migraines better, and will help in whatever way they can. You will also experience better too.
Tips to manage your migraine
- Eat regularly and drink lots of water
- Find out the migraine triggers
- Exercise regularly-at least 4 times a week
- Avoid fizzy drinks and sugary snacks
- Maintain a migraine diary for at least five months
- Immediately fill your migraine attack action card
- Tell your carer, parents or your teacher about your migraine
I hope this information will be helpful to my little friends, but keep in mind that this is not a substitute for the advice a pharmacist or a doctor may give you, based on their knowledge about your migraine condition, history, and treatment.