Tension-type headaches and migraine headaches in children are becoming more common every day. This really isn't a surprise, since they're exposed to a lot of the stresses that their parents have.
With the divorce rate and the jobless rate, families seem to suffer more every day. It's hard to always be able to keep the family problems away from the children.
There's also a lot of stress on a child in school. Not just to maintain good grades, but all kids want to be in the popular group. When this doesn't happen, it can add to a child's anxiety, which in turn, can cause even the worst migraines in children.
Hot foot soak. A super simple way to ease migraines in children.
This is done by simply having your child sit on the side of the bathtub. Run warm water until it covers their ankles. This will make the blood vessels dilate, so blood will leave the head and travel toward the feet.
Next, put a cold pack on the back of the neck. This helps to push the blood out of the head and downward.
Do this for about 20 minutes. Then, have your child lie down in a dark room for 20-30 minutes with a cool cloth over their eyes.
An occipital headache starts at the base of the skull, go up the back of the head, over the top and to the forehead. These can be caused by looking down too much.
Children look down at their paperwork during school for a long time. When reading or doing math problems, their heads stay down and the muscles in the front of the neck get shortened.
When they look up, the connective tissue pulls, causing the headache.
Training your child to do this on their own will make everybody's life a little easier. Your child won't have to depend on you to administer the oils. You won't have to worry about your child taking too much medicine on their own. Win-Win!
Essential oils can basically replace any over the counter or prescription medication. The best thing about them? They're safe and effective. Much more effective on migraines than medication.
The oils come from flowers, stems, leaves, bark, roots and other parts of plants. They've been proven more effective than medications, because of their purity and strength.
Frankincense is an amazing oil, and good for everything. In fact, it's said that "when in doubt, use Frankincense".
Rub 1 drop of Frankincense to the temples and 1 drop to the very top of the head. It's very effective to put it on the roof of the mouth and let it absorb into the head that way.
BEWARE: Your child probably isn't going to like the taste, but it's very effective.
If no relief, repeat these oil processes every 15 minutes. Essential oils work better if you use tiny amounts (2-3 drops), but do it frequently (every 15-20 minutes) until the headache is gone.
This type of headache is going to usually start in the shoulders and go up the neck and into the head. Sometimes, it can just be tight shoulders or a tight neck.
These headaches in children are common. Thankfully, it doesn't take long to get relief from these.
Using essential oils for natural headache remedies is simple, effective and safe for your child.
Since there's no medicine in this, they can even put it in their pocket and take it to school.
Be careful, though and don't let your child get it in their eyes. If they do, just put a dab of coconut oil, olive oil or any vegetable based oil and put inside the lower eyelid.
DO NOT USE WATER!!! Water and oil don't mix, so the oil will just spread all over the eye.
Your child may feel the coolness of the oils in their eyes, but it shouldn't burn and will only last for a few minutes. Remember, these oils are safe.
Simply apply 2 drops to the back of the neck, shoulders, temples and forehead.
Remember not to get the oils in the eyes!
Afterwards, let the child lie down with a cool cloth over the eyes for 20-30 minutes, if needed.
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