Home remedies for headache in kids

An Overview

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.

Home remedies for Headache in kids

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.

Ice Pack

This is the first one among the best home remedies for headaches that we want to mention in this article today. The cold from ice pack can help reduce inflammation caused by headaches. Addition to this, it also helps relieve the pain thanks to its numbing effect.

Directions:

  • Place an ice pack on the back of your neck
  • Alternatively, soak a washcloth in ice-cold water and then place it over your head for about 5 minutes. Repeat this remedy a few times.
  • Also, use a frozen vegetable bag as a cold compress.

Magnesium

Magnesium can be used both to acutely treat a headache, as well as to help prevent more chronically occurring headaches. 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.

Peppermint oil

Peppermint oil contains menthol that can help open the clogged blood vessels causing headaches. Besides, this oil also has soothing and calming effects. When applied directly on your forehead, this oil can help increase blood flow to your brain and simultaneously inhibit muscle contractions.

Method 1:

  • Drip some peppermint oil in a pot of hot water
  • Then, inhale the steam for several minutes

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.

Chamomile Tea

One of the best home remedies for headaches or migraines that has been recommended by many people is chamomile tea. Studies found that chamomile tea contains powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds that help relax your mind and relieve the pain.

Directions:

  • Add a chamomile tea bag to a cup of boiling water.
  • Allow it to steep for about 10 minutes.
  • Then, add 1 tsp. of honey to the tea and mix it well.
  • Slowly drink the hot tea.
Lemon Citrus Oil

This is considered as a great ingredient you should use when it comes to learning home remedies for headaches in adults. Lemon citrus oil works wonders in reducing tension and migraines headaches. Besides, this essential oil is also good for treating sore throats, colds, depression, stress and fatigue. Simply, you just need to diffuse 8- 10 drops of lemon citrus oil oil for the entire night.

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