J.V. asks from New Lenox, IL on August 01, 2009
My 7 Year Old Gets headaches...HELP!!!!
I have a son who is 7 and has been having headaches for over a year now. Our ped. thought it might be allergies so we started taking claritin....this helped very little. About 6 months ago he started vomitting when he would get head aches. We brought this up with the ped. and he suggested we talk to our ENT thinking it may be a sinus thing. She disagreed and sent us to a nuerologist. He feels that my son is suffering from migrains. UGH!!!! At 7 I have so much sympothy...anyway, the dr wants us to try a product called fever few. It is an all natural medical herb. I am having a hard time finding it. Has anyone used this? know where to buy it? had any results with it? have any other suggestions on how to help my son treat his headaches! (generally we give him motrin and a quick snooze and he feels better) I just hate having him have to have motrin all of the time and I am not quite sure how all of this will play out at school this year.
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L.B. answers from Chicago on August 03, 2009
Migraines & headaches can be caused by self-critical thoughts. Is he a perfectionist? You can both learn a cutting edge energy medicine process called tapping or EFT. Find it on emofree.com. He will be able to help himself feel better at any time.
B.P. answers from Chicago on August 03, 2009
I would recommend trying a chiropractor. My 9 year gets headaches and a trip to the chiropractor will usually relieve them. Most kids respond really well to chiropractic and its a non-invasive, drug free alternative!
K.C. answers from Chicago on August 02, 2009
If he is getting the headaches and the vomiting I would ask the doctor or nuerologist about getting a CAT scan and and MRI done. You want to make sure to rule out all other factors. I have a friend whos son had bad headaches and was vomitting and it was not just a migraine. Ask for the tests to rule other medical concerns out. I hope you and your son can find some peace from this soon.
E.R. answers from Chicago on August 01, 2009
Yes, it definitely sounds like he has migraines. Poor baby.
Did you actually see the neurologist? Is he the one recommending Feverfew?
The other thing you can do is keep a diary of when he gets the migraines. Keep a food diary and see if it's related to anything he's eating. Migraines have so many potential causes. I suggest you get online and start reading about migraines, and migraines in children, in particular.
Try the feverfew, and see if that helps. There is also a homeopathic remedy from Hyland's that is just for migraines. Other than that, give him a cold pack for his head, have him sit in the dark and lay down and just try to sleep.
Motrin, if it helps, is great. I also suffer with migraines and no medicine helps them. I have to just sit in the dark with a cold pack on my head until it goes away. For me, they are sometimes caused by my clenching my jaw and grinding my teeth. Has your dentist said anything about him having TMJ? That could be causing it, too. In that case, they can make a splint for him to wear to prevent the teeth grinding which can keep the headaches away.
Another thing that might work is acupuncture. Have you tried that?
P.F. answers from Chicago on August 02, 2009
My son also gets migraines. We kept a journal of the headaches including when they occurred,how long, weather, what his activities had been prior to the headaches. It gave us amazing information. I can't tell you how much the diary helped us and him. My son is now able to tell when they are starting and we can medicate him quickly and usually avoid the full blown migraine symptoms.
As for school, it is really hard. For a year the school would make him come home and rest. Finally, I got them to understand that all he needed was to be trusted to make the decision himself. He never wanted to come home, with his medication (Motrin also) he was able to drink a full glass of water with medication and be back to class within about 20 minutes. When the nurse made him wait it took a lot longer to get back to normal and the symptoms were usually a lot worse (stomach upset etc).
We have really been able to cut down on the Motrin now that we can sense things in him much quicker. My son did use a lot in the beginning but not any longer. We still keep it in every car and he carries it to all his sports practices but hardly uses it.
If you need any suggestions for dealing with the school please let me know. You will need a note from the dr saying he needs this at school or they won't keep it there for him.
J.K. answers from Chicago on August 02, 2009
It is so hard to see them like that and not know what to do. My son has gotten migrains since he was 3. He would grab the front of his head and start screaming, through up and just want to go to bed. We have seen eye doctors, MRI, neuerologist, everything. They think it is allergies (really only happens in the summer). He is 5 now and knows to tell whoever is around as soon as his head starts to feel weird and just runs to lay down. After a nap he normally feels better. My husbands dad had the same thing when he was little and just out grew it so I'm hopeing he does soon also. Hope everything works itself out for you and your little guy!
M.W. answers from Chicago on August 01, 2009
Poor thing, headaches can be so awful!
Has your son ever had an eye exam? Not just reading the eye chart at the pediatrician, but an actual visit to an eye doctor? As a child I had horrid headaches for almost a year. We finally figured out through a routine eye screening that I needed glasses and it was the eyestrain triggering the headaches.
For relief, try holding an icepack on the back of the neck while lying in a dark room for a bit.
E.P. answers from Chicago on August 02, 2009
My son also gets migraines and started them around 6 years old and they occur occasionally. He has had CAT scans and at this point in his life, his Doctor would just like to rule out any other concern so we are going to schedule an MRI. I really believe they are just migraines (certainly not to minimize "migraines", I would just rather it be that then a bigger medical concern.) My son is 11 years old. We, too, have had his eyes checked and he's had physicals, etc... and the pediatrician believes that they are migraines.
We've determined a few triggers: My son needs to eat regularly, including 2 snacks. He also needs to remember to stay hydrated, as he is the kind of kid who has a great metabolism, slender build and a lot of energy. And... he needs a good night sleep (he usually sleeps 9 - 10 hours) He does have seasonal allergies, so we, too, have him on Claritin OTC in the Spring and Fall, and if I notice any sinus concerns, he sometimes takes a nasal spray (Nasonex) for a 2 week stint. A young neighbor went through 3 months of torture because her migraines became so severe and debilitating that they couldn't go to school. A Doctor determined that this child had a gluten intolerance. Now that this child is off gluten, life is good. My sister's culprit for her migraines was dairy and has ended her love for cheese so, don't rule out food allergies that can develop at any time in your life.
For my son's migraines, he takes Jr. Strength Motrin/ibuprofen (300 mg's) at onset. Every year, I have to make sure to have the paperwork filled out to dispense medicine at school. This has been my biggest battle with my son, over the years. He would get a headache and "wait it out", thinking that it would just go away, or he doesn't want to bother anyone or he's a little embarrassed to tell the teacher. Unfortunately, this has lead to moments when he has come home from school in terrible pain, takes his ibuprofen, grabs his ice pack and goes straight to bed. When he is in that much pain, he occasionally vomits from them, too. Sadly, the medicine takes that much longer to kick in.
My son now has learned to IMMEDIATELY ask the teacher to go to the nurse's office, at onset, because he has a headache. He doesn't usually get auras (vision abnormalities /warnings) like I do (yes, family history is a biggie for a diagnosis, and I get them, too) but he gets other sensations and dull pain at onset. Most of his headache pain can be warded off immediately when he takes his medicine quickly. At the beginning of every school year, I talk to each of his teachers, then I write them a little note - "just an FYI that my son gets migraines, please let him get his med's when he asks." Otherwise, if you don't alert EACH teacher, they may view your child as trying to get out of an activity. Even then, I had a situation this year, when a teacher told my son that he only had "45 minutes left of school so please sit down". He didn't push the issue and he came home so terribly sick. I was so upset. The teacher later apologized to him - she just forgot about his history even though he had asked to go and see the nurse.
I'm telling you all this because he will be in school and you will want to arm him with something in school should he get a headache. No, I've never used feverfew but I wonder if a Dr. will sign permission to give this to your child during the school day. My son can go for weeks without getting a headache but, certain times of the year are worse for him.
So sorry to hear your son goes through this - it is awful to see them in pain. Just hopes this can help to minimize it.