We all get a headache from time to time, but to see your child in pain is heart-wrenching. Most of the time your child’s headache will either resolve on its own or with natural remedies.
Truth be told, a headache is a tough thing for not only a child to describe, but also deal with. That being said, focusing on natural ways to alleviate the pain associated with headaches are the name of the game here.
1) Aromatherapy is seriously underrated in the western world. The idea is that scents act on the brain like a drug. You might say peppermint oil is the new acetaminophen.
To treat a headache: mix one drop of peppermint oil with unscented body lotion. Dab underneath your child’s nose and behind his/her ear.
2) Hydration is critical for optimum health. Your kid doesn’t have a Pause button, so that he/she doesn’t realize when it’s time to quit playing and get a drink of water. Dehydration is a frequent cause of headaches in children.
Children should drink between 6-8 cups of water every day. Remember a dehydration headache is brought on due to water deficiency. Sugary, caffeinated drinks are not water.
3) Daily Diet should be evaluated, especially if your child has been diagnosed with migraines or allergy-related headaches. Some culprits include: hot dogs, banana, onions, chocolate and peanuts. MSG is a huge offender – even to the extent of causing anaphylactic shock – which is potentially life-threatening.
4) Talking about food, your child may have a “hunger headache“, caused by a blood sugar plummet. If you suspect he/she is hungry, give him/her a small glass of juice immediately. Keep veggies and fruits in the fridge that are pre-cut to kid-size.
5) Ouchie Cap is a mommy miracle made manifest. No, it won’t clean your house or drive the carpool. But it is the greatest little pain-stopper, tear-drier-upper on today’s market.
What you get is a first aid cap shaped like a puppy named Toby or a bunny called Tulip. You’ll also get two non-toxic gel packs that you may heat or cool depending on the nature of the pain.
The inner-cap contains pouches on both sides that hold the gel packs. Just put the cap on your child’s head and in no time at all, the headache is gone.
Since a real life father developed the cap, we expect it makes daddy magic too!
PS: Are you worried your child’s headache may have been from a concussion? Check out our post: How to Identify Child Concussion Symptoms and What To Do ASAP
Or, click to see why Ouchie Cap is the parent preferred natural remedy for Migraines and Headaches in Children