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Do you have a headache?

Before you take a pill for headache, try the following:

  • Eat something (eat regular meals)
  • Drink water (dehydration may cause headaches)
  • Get a good night’s sleep (get regular sleep)
  • Limit caffeine, alcohol and other drugs
  • Reduce stress

Here are some non-drug treatments for headaches:

  • Proper nutrition; eat regular meals, but if you missed a meal, eat a nutritious snack such as a piece of fruit, low fat cheese, or crackers.
  • Good hydration
  • Relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing; deep slow breaths, hold your breath for several seconds, then exhale slowly and completely.
  • Stretching exercises; turn your head to one side, as if looking over your shoulder. Place your finger on the opposite chin and gently push your head, place the other hand on the other side and on top of your head and gently help your head rotate. hold for 10 seconds and repeat on the other side.
  • Ice pack on your forehead, temples or the nape of your neck for 10 minutes.
  • Warm pack for 10 minutes. Same as above, or if you are home, take a nice warm shower.
  • Rest in a dark room for 10 minutes.
  • Take time out from stressful situations, try thinking about relaxing things such as lying on the beach and enjoying the warm sun.
  • Acupressure; apply gentle, steady, rotating pressure to pressure points on your skull or hand. Pressure points are located on your forehead, along the base of your skull and between your index finger and thumb.

If you have tried all of the above, and you still have a headache, it may be necessary to take an over the counter pill such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Make sure to follow package directions. If you have headaches more than once a week, or if your headaches really interfere with your daily life, make an appointment with your pediatrician to find out what is causing your headaches.

Also, see your doctor if your headache occurred after a head injury, if you have seizures or convulsions, the pain is extreme, wake you up at night, have visual problems, fever or vomiting with your headache.


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