Learn how to recognise if your child has a headache, and how you can make your child feel better.
Headaches are one of the most common illnesses in Australia – and yes, even children can suffer from them.
Children who can speak will usually say, “My head hurts.” Younger children can indicate that they are in pain by holding their head, having low energy levels and a poor appetite.
In young children, headaches can be associated with an illness, such as a cold or flu, a viral infection, ear infections and teething issues.
Dehydration can also lead to headaches, so be sure to keep your child’s fluid levels up.
For a mild headache, lay your child down in a quiet darkened room with a cool face washer on her forehead.
If the headache persists, give paracetamol for temporary relief, and watch her closely.
Some headaches could be the sign of something more serious. If your child has a severe or recurrent headache, or complains of a headache along with a fever, being drowsy or vomiting, contact your doctor or local hospital immediately.
Never give your child aspirin – it can lead to Reye’s syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal illness.