Most healthy teenagers and young adults get at least one headache every year. These are usually different in severity to the headaches an adult might experience so they can often go unnoticed by parents or healthcare professionals.
A teenage headache can start off suddenly and can bring with it feelings of nausea and tiredness. This type of headache can easily be mistaken for a stomach upset when it may actually be the headache that is causing vomiting or a nauseous feeling.
The good news is that children and teenagers can recover very quickly from this type of headache without any intervention. Before you know it, they will be back on their smart phones or watching TV again like nothing happened.
Common Teenage Headache Triggers
There are many reasons why a teenager may experience a headache or migraine. At The National Headache Institute, we can help to diagnose irregular or more frequent chronic headaches and to recommend preventative action and soothing treatments that will help to ease and stop these headaches in their tracks. Here are some of the most common triggers for teenagers:
- Skipping A Meal: Teenagers may sometimes skip a meal when they are unsupervised and busy doing much more exciting things. Forgetting to drink enough water can be another common trigger. Parents should ensure their child is having regular meals and staying hydrated throughout the day.
- Not Getting Enough Sleep: Teenagers are notorious for late nights and late mornings. In order to avoid headaches and fatigue, a teenager or young adult should aim to get to bed at the same time each night and to ensure they get at least 8 hours of quality sleep.
- Sports: Participating in sports can also be a trigger for headaches. This is mostly due to a drop in blood sugar and lack of hydration, so it is important for the child to have access to plenty of water and possibly energy drinks or tablets. Nutritious, protein-rich snacks are also a good idea before and/or after exercise.
- Teenage Emotions And Hormones: Emotional problems and hormones can play a key role in causing headaches. Headaches can come on at times of stress. While your child may appear fine on the outside, the onset of regular headaches could suggest that something is not quite right with their state of mind.
When To Be Concerned About Teenage Headaches
Most headaches in teenagers are not serious and will get better quite quickly either on their own or with the aid of simple painkiller medication. Always check the dosage instructions before administering any drugs to a child or young adult. However, if your teenager is experiencing frequent severe headaches you should consult a physician. The headaches could be an indication of a more serious problem that needs to be diagnosed and treated sooner rather than later when it becomes intense.
Expert Headache Advice And Treatment
Whether you are a young adult experiencing headaches and migraines or a parent concerned about your child’s headaches, we can help. We are committed to giving our patients expert diagnosis, advice and treatment. Book a consultation with The National Headache Institute today and make those headaches a thing of the past. Call us or use our contact form to book a consultation.