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Headaches In Children: Signs, Symptoms And Remedies

  • Headaches aren’t confined to adults, children can get them too. But because kids may experience headaches differently to adults, they can go unnoticed. 
  • A child’s headache or migraine might be accompanied by sickness or an upset tummy. It can impact their day, but they can often recover quickly.
  • There are some simple measures you can take to help prevent your child from developing a headache, or to ease their symptoms if they are experiencing one.
What to do:
  • have the child lie down quietly in a darkened room

  • apply a cool, moistened towel or cloth to the forehead

  • encourage sleep—the body’s natural way of healing  

  • encourage sleep: the body’s natural way of healing

  • invite them to eat or drink (avoid caffeinated drinks)

  • give paracetamol or ibuprofen

  • Try giving Nurofen for Children – it contains ibuprofen as the active ingredient to help relieve the pain associated with headache

What to avoid:
  • skipping meals 

  • dehydration: encourage drinking water throughout the day

  • irregular bedtimes and inadequate sleep

  • caffeinated drinks, which can cause dehydration

Possible causes:

  • being stressed 
  • lack of sleep 
  • dehydration 
  • skipping meals 
  • viral infections, such as colds, flu, sinusitis, or ear infections
  • eye problems, such as straining to read

Common types of headaches in children:

  • migraines
  • tension headaches
  • cluster headaches
  • medication-overuse headaches

Why Ibuprofen can help

Ibuprofen has triple action—it temporarily relieves pain, fever and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can help relieve the acute pain associated with headaches.

Why Nurofen for Children can help

Nurofen for Children oral suspension contains ibuprofen for effective pain relief. It comes in strawberry and orange flavours and is colour free and sugar free.

For children over 7 years old, try Nurofen for Children Soft Chewable Capsules. The easy-to-chew capsule does not need water, offering a convenient and easy way for older children to relieve their headache and get on with their day.

This article is for general information only and not intended as a substitute for medical advice. All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. In all health-related matters, always consult your healthcare professional.

This medicine may not be right for you. Read the label before purchase. Follow the directions for use. Incorrect use could be harmful. If symptoms persist talk to your healthcare professional.