or: Migraines in children
We hear of terms like pediatric chronic headache or persistent pain in children but what do they actually mean? What is chronic pain in children? Where does it come from? And what to do against it?
Pediatric chronic headaches, or simply “Mummy, it hurts all the time”
Chronic or persistent headaches describe headaches that recur regularly. The frequency of headaches can be different in each child but by definition the condition recurs or lasts for more than three months. Why three months? Because three months are considered to be a reasonable healing period for our body. Unfortunately, not everything can heal or sometimes we don’t know what is the actual cause of our pain.
Why does my child have chronic headaches?
The reasons for recurring pain are vast. For headaches in children, the types are divided into two categories:
- Primary headaches: e.g. migraines, tension-type headache, cluster headache
- Secondary headaches: e.g. derived from head or neck traumas or infections
In many cases, however, no organic cause can be found that’s why it’s difficult for many health professionals to fully understand how to help.
What to do against my child’s headaches?
Reading this article, I am sure that you are already trying the best to inform yourself about the condition and that’s great. Of course, you should check with your GP, pediatrician and specialists to find or exclude possible causes, have the necessary tests done and seek medical advice.
However, apart from that, you as a mother or father too have the power to do something. Pain not only consists of a biological aspect but also of an aspect that addresses our emotions and relationships. This so-called “bio-psycho-social” approach to living with chronic pain has been proven to be the most successful in both adults and children.
Hence, we at Letspuddle.com will continue to explore what you as parents can do and how to support a medical treatment with the emotional and social well-being of your child.
(Szabova & Goldschneider, n.a.)