my 8 year old boy haves lots of headaches

Kelly - posted on 04/14/2010 ( 52 moms have responded )

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does eight year olds get high blood pressure

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Joy - posted on 04/16/2010

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My daughter was 7 when she was diagnosed with stress related migraines. Dr explained that in the life of a child a day at school is like us going to work. She also had other symtoms such as nausea and visual disturbances. Children can also get them due to low sugar levels & dehydration. It may help to keep a diary for 2 weeks, keeping a record of sleep, eating & funny as it sounds weather patterns. Then record times and length of headache. Sometime seeing it written down you see a pattern emerge.

Rose - posted on 04/14/2010

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Im a mom of 4 kids (3 teenagers and a 2yr old). My partner and I run a health program in Melbourne, Aust. and we see so many people who has done the wrong things since young...very sad. Young children shouldnt be having such health issues. Make sure they are having lots of water (not gassy drinks) fruits and vegie (raw or cooked). Yep enough sleep (not too many hours on computer, tv, etc) do some outdoor sports to get some fresh air .... just live healthy and natural.

Kyle - posted on 04/20/2010

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A friend of mine just told me that she started taking her son to the chiropractor for his headaches. She'd heard from someone to try it. He would get really bad migraines all the time. She said that since he's been going to the chiroprator, it has helped him tremendously. I just thought I'd pass that along, maybe something worth trying or asking your doctor about!

Suzanne - posted on 05/03/2010

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HI Kelly,
I am a mother of five kids and have worked as an optometric technician ( eye dr assistant) and a chiropractic assistant. In my years with both, it really depends where the headache is coming from or where it hurts him. Usually forehead or temples are eye related and he most likely needs glasses. Be aware also the eye test they do at school only tests distance vision and most kids need reading glasses for up close work then grow out of them as they get older. If the headache is from neck or pretty much anywhere else, I would get him to a chiropractor! You would be amazed at all the ailments that can be aliviated with an adjustment. I would try these things before worrying to much! Hope this helps, good luck!

Marie - posted on 04/30/2010

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Hi Kelly. I son began having headaches at the age of 7 or 8. We tried everything to relieve them with little success. In doing much food research when my father was diagnosed with cancer, I began changing our diet as well. Eliminating as much Partially Hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup and eating lots of fresh foods really helped. Also, recently we found out that he and I are both highly allergic to dairy (not lactose intolerance, that's got to do with the sugar in milk. Dairy allergy is due to the proteins in milk). After eliminating (with an occasional "cheat"), both of our headaches have almost completely gone away. Milk is a mucous producing food which often leads to headaches. Does your son get phlegmy when he eats dairy? Clearing his throat a lot or "noisy" breathing? Anyway, this helped us tremendously. Hope it helps you too!

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Danielle - posted on 09/16/2013

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Ok. So i joined today because my son complains of head aches not around his eyes or behind them i asked he said it hurts in very top middle. i didnt not know what to tell him so we going to doctor tomorrow. He has since he was 4 complained of leg aches thought growing pain after he complained all the time i finally took him to is doc they sent him to a specialist for juvenile arthritis but came back he did not have it. was to flexible. At the end of school last year was the first time he has complained of anything hurting in a long while. his dad i split up three years ago about 9 months ago he moved his new girl friend and my kids do not like her and she has two other kids so now at there dads he has to sure a room and he is use to his own space. He says she just bosses and bosses. I gues she has OCD about things be clean. so they have to watch what the do so they dont make any kind of mess cant use certain towels in the bathroom. mind you they have three but in the kids bathroom cant wipe hands on the towels. so he has been going through a lot of changes he is not one to tell you if something bother him. just takes it all in. i feel as if stress is a big factor in this. but still taking him to get checked. also already had app to talk to some. He wont tell me anything anymore i made mistake we driving down the road he taking me out for mothers day and he say i think dad loves the kids more than us i told him never he will always love you more than anything. I told his dad how he was feeling and i guess the girl friend took over not know n him. when he walked in the door first thing she says to him hey your dad told me what u told your mom i am sorry u feel that way he says what r u talking about than she sat him down told him i dont know was not there but when ayden got home from his dads he came right up to me and said why u do that mom i said what he said tell my dad what i said i said cause he needs to know how u feel so u guys can talk and work it out i said so u and ur dad talked he said no he said she talked to me about it.. than he says and she told me he loves me cause he bought the 3d ds i said what did that have to do with anything that was Christmas. so i told him that it does not matter how much money we spends on u we love you no matter what i said it does not matter who bought it but if you must know i did. and now i want to know was your dad there while u all talked he said no he was outside so she embarrassed him than lied and made him be put in that for no reason and now he wont tell me anything cause he scared i tell his dad. i cant imagine how that must feel on a nine year old shoulders. he is not at home where he once loved to be even us being apart they loved being with him and now i watch my babies beg to stay with me my heart hurts for him if it is stress cause he wont tell anyone so no one gets mad or upset he has such a big heart. well wish me luck. OH and thanks for the help

Amanda - posted on 04/26/2010

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my 6 year old has headaches. his are from allergies and sinuses. after giving him a daily allergy med, they really started to slow down.

Debbie - posted on 04/20/2010

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Hi I don't think so I have a 10 year old daughter and she has lots of headache to I have taking her to the doc. they say watch what they are eating and drinking he could have food allergesI would take him to a d0c to see what they would say

Dawn - posted on 04/20/2010

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dehydration and lack of nutritional foods can cause headaches. My sister would get headaches when she was young when she didn't eat a hardy breakfast. Once she started eating breakfast regularly the headaches went away.

Gayla - posted on 04/20/2010

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Try a chiropractor. It worked wonders for my daughter. She was on prescription medication and started missing school because of them. I took her to a chiropractor and the headaches are of minimal strength and happen very little now. She sees one once a month. Its covered on most insurances too..........

Aniko - posted on 04/20/2010

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Hey Kelly,
when i was his age, i used to have a lots of headaches. It was because i was growing...I took childrens Aspirin a lot. But you should get it checked out though, just to make sure...

Karryn - posted on 04/20/2010

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my son is 11 now and had horrible headaches, we found out at 7 he had migraines real bad and he still does....

Celeste - posted on 04/20/2010

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Yes children can have high blood pressure. My brother has had high blood pressure since we were children. You should take your son and let the doctor check him out. If it is high blood pressure with medication he will be feeling fine in no time. All the best to you.

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Evelyn - posted on 04/20/2010

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My 15 year old daughter has been getting migraines since she was about 7. I took her into the doctor many times throughout the years. They have done different tests. I was told that it is possibly due to stress, but the stress is causing her muscles to tighten therefore cutting off proper circulation to her brain. I have recently taken her into a chiropractor who took ex rays of her, and found that her spine in her neck curves the opposite way than it should, and the tight muscles are pulling it out of place that much further. So She goes faithfully to the chiropractor and she has less headaches.

Peggy - posted on 04/20/2010

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My son began having migraine headaches at age 4. They run in our family and begin between age 4 - 8 and are more common in boys. Our doctor put him on an antihistamine called Periactin that prevented the daily headaches. After 18 months the cycle broke. His trigger was low blood sugar, so we changed his diet so he has low sugars and higher protein to avoid the sugar low. We also are rigid about sleep and bedtimes as a child his age (8) needs 10 - 12 hours every night.

Monique - posted on 04/19/2010

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My 9 yEAR old gets migraines that come on qite suddenly. We have put it down to not only hydration but low electrolytes. Once a headaches starts he gets one of those icy poles that you can buy at the chemist and water (even though he is very good, now, with his fluid intake) and rests in a dark room. once the lectrolytes kick in it seems the headaches diminishes quite rapidly.

Cristina - posted on 04/19/2010

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Try changing his diet. My daughter also gets migraines, but I now limit her sugar (especially artificial sugars-which causes headaches), and gluten-free items. It can get expensive at first, but I think you will notice a difference.

Alicia - posted on 04/19/2010

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Are they headaches or migrains? If they are migrains reduce the intake of caffeine and processed foods (hot dogs, processed cheese) and have him start a journal of what he ate and did the day he received the mirgrain this may work just for headaches as well.

Allison - posted on 04/19/2010

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I'm not sure if they can have high blood pressure, but most headaches are caused from something you are eating that is causing a reaction in your body, or a misalignment in the neck, back or shoulder. My eight year old reacts to a group of foods with 'amines' in them which includes chocolate, citrus fruit, pineapple, mushrooms, grapes, deep sea fish, over-cooked meat, chicken skin, and nuts. Maybe seeing an allergy specialist would help.

Misty - posted on 04/19/2010

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I just had my 7 year old at the Dr today for headaches. They said that it is his sinus and now I have to keep a log everytime he has a headache. They put him on some meds for sinus and for algeries...

Andrea - posted on 04/19/2010

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My 6 year old was complaining of headaches several times a day, and we took him to the chiropractor. The doctor found that his neck was out of alignment and that was causing his headaches. As soon as it was adjusted, the headache went away and he's been fine since. He had been in wrestling and I think that put his neck out, but even sleeping the wrong way can do it. That would be the first place I'd go!

Rebecca - posted on 04/19/2010

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I see a lot of good responses to your question. You followed your motherly instinct and had him checked out. My son at the age of 3 was complaining his neck hurt and would start to vomit. We thought at that age it was the flu. Little did we know that by the age of 5 he was actually suffering from migraines. Both my mother & I have migraines and they are hereditary. Stress is a good culprit to children who have migraines. And children do have high blood pressure. Keep track of them. If he's eating a certain food and shortly after eating he complains of a headache, make note of what he ate. Try eliminating some of what he just ate the next time around. If it's caused by certain foods, you'll soon know that is what is causing them. I know some people don't believe in chiropractic care, but it could also help. Even try a doctor that does accupunture. Good luck with everything and hopefully you will get to the bottom of the headaches.

Andrea - posted on 04/19/2010

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Hello. I am a nurse in Minneapolis, MN. The views and opinions expressed by myself and Circle of Moms on Facebook are not necessarily those of your doctor or specialist. Make sure you get a second opinion. Headaches at that age could be from so many different things. Dehydration, stress, hormones (my own daughter gets migraines worse than I do). If you have had a lot of testing done, and it is all negative, then continue to monitor (keep track of his headaches), and try a holistic approach. Never give up though on getting to the root of these headaches though, because doctors don't always see the problem until it becomes a bigger problem. Your son should get plenty of rest, fluids, a balanced diet, and exercise. Make sure there is no bully at school or other problems that can cause stress. Give him a kiddie message or fix his favorite meal or spend quality time with him doing something he loves. I hope the best for you and your son.

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as well as get his eyes checked, both myself and my two boys aged 8 and 11 suffer migranes, so the doc is the best answer.

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take him to the doctor, also is he drinking water dehydration is very common and although you may think he is drinking enough you need to actually watch him down a glass every few hours or so

Rachael - posted on 04/19/2010

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When my 8yr old started to get headaches, at first I thought it was from all the reading she was doing, for she past the eye exam with a 20/20 vision.. Months went by and still the headaches were coming but this time getting stronger into migraine mode.. I then asked for a referral to see a Eye Specialist.. Come to find out my daughter was diagnosed at being legally blind. She is now wearing a 275 lens, and headaches are gone. So I suggest going to Your Doctor asking for a referral to see a specialist, if your insurance needs such. I'm telling its wroth the 2hr exam.. Today my daughter is running around free of headaches :)

Elin - posted on 04/19/2010

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My 9 year old gets severe headaches from time to time, so we cut out caffeine. Although I am going to follow some of these othe suggestions as well. How many hours a night is enough sleep though?

Bev - posted on 04/18/2010

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Everyone has made some great comments, but I would talk to you son and ask him if he notices any "weird" feelings anywhere up to 3 hours prior to the "headache". In doing some research on migraines because my 11 year old daughter suffers from familial hemipalegic migraines (they come on similar to someone having a stroke) that lots of things can trigger headaches. Stress can be one cause, but is not the only thing that can. Food can trigger it and not necessarily as an allergy although it could be. Research says that even infants can suffer from Migraine. Not all migraines result in headaches. Migraine is a vaso-constriction of blood vessels which can happen anywhere in the body. With my daughter, the "headache" part of her migraines does not show up until 3 - 4 hours after the first symptoms show up (tingling in her hands). If she recieves medication as soon as she notices symptoms and takes a nap, the headache never even comes on in most cases. If nothing seems to be working for you, try asking for a referal to a pediatric neurologist specializing in migraine to see if that could be your son's problem. Hope you find some answers.

Shawn - posted on 04/18/2010

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i've heard that overweight children can have high blood pressure and in turn get headaches. it could also be seasonal allergies which produce sinus headaches and since he is 8 he can't tell if it's his sinuses or a regular headache. check w/ a doctor and do some research on the subject. i wouldn't be quick to put him on medication even if it's either of those. see if you can change his diet or get him more exercise...maybe air purifier to deal w/ pollens or dust. but def check w/ a doc and do some research on kids with headaches. Good Luck!

Brandi - posted on 04/18/2010

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my cousins little girl gets them really bad in the winter. they told her that it the smog.

Kamela - posted on 04/18/2010

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I found that my son who is 9 has a lactose intollerance. I started taking dairy out of his diet and he felt better. He was also stuffy in the head and complained of headaches quite often.

See a Dr. and maybe change the diet a bit. I have developed a dairy sensativity as well, in my 40's. Small amounts will give me a headache in the morning. Large amounts result in problems within and hour.

Janet - posted on 04/18/2010

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I would get their eyes checked it is common for children to get headaches when they need glasses cos of the strain of trying to focus

Tabatha - posted on 04/18/2010

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My daughter is 11 now. When she was 7 years old, she developed incredibly horrible headaches. After an MRI and a referral to a pediatric neurologist and neurosurgeon, it was determined that she has migraines. The pediatric neurologist said that she sees children as young as 3 years old that have migraines. At their worse, she was on Topomax daily and Maxalt for the onset of the headache. That helped tremendously. Also, a change in diet helped. You can google diets for migraines. After 2 years, they were able to take her off of the Topomax. She still uses Maxalt at the onset of the migraine.

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My son has been getting headaches since he was 4 (he is 13 now). Migraines run in our family and he was diagnosed with them at age 6. The dr. said it was more of a heritary issue. He takes otc medicines for them. Hope this helps.
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Shannon - posted on 04/18/2010

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My son is 7 and was diagnosed with migraines at the age of 4. The most common trigger for his headaches is too much sugar in his diet. The second is stress. I doubt your son has high blood pressure, as your pediatrician should check BP at each visit and would have told you if this was an issue. I would monitor the amount of sugar/junk your son eats and see if the headaches are connected. I would also see if they can be linked be stressful events in your son's life. If that's the trigger then stress management help is needed for him. I hope this helps.

Danielle - posted on 04/17/2010

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yes they can. my son is 8 and get headachies and the doc has not said why. we have done every test and still nothing. all i knw is to give him lots of water and watching what he eats. and it seems to be working

JEANNIE - posted on 04/17/2010

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MY 12 YR OLD DOES TOO AND HAS FOR A FEW YRS THE DRS KEEP TELLING ME ITS ALLERGIES AND SINUSES??????? DONT REALLY KNOW 4 SURE NEVER DONE NO TESTING

Lynette - posted on 04/17/2010

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have they put him on any medication my daughter who will be 7 in june started getting migraines at the age 3 and they did the full work up on her and so far she has been on 2 medicines ans they work great it is stress most likely if he has another one put him in bed with a cool rag on his and make the room very dark and let him sleep s long as he needs to this seems to help my daughter so hopefully it may work for him

Lynn - posted on 04/17/2010

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So many good answers already! I would say that these are my TOP recommendation in this order 1. Make sure he is getting enough sleep. 2. Keep him hydrated!! 3. Check his blood sugar - if he is having either high or low blood sugar he could get headaches. Type1 Diabetes is very serious and should not be over looked. 4. Get him checked for allergies. If all that doesn't resolve the problem then it could be food related or yes, even stress. Try one thing at a time and hang in there. Oh, one last note... if he is waking up with the headaches, I would start with sleep issues, he may not be breathing properly in his sleep.

Cheryl - posted on 04/16/2010

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have his allergies checked, that can cause headaches, so I recently learned my husband who had headaches since he was little and now has migraines, something like corn can cause them or hotdogs or lunchmeat, write down what he eats and see if you can pin point it, sometimes a lot of one thing over a period can be the collprit, like oatmeal everyday for my husband will give him a migraine but every few days no problem. Good luck, food allergies are a bummer to deal with.

Carrie - posted on 04/16/2010

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sinus problems can cause headaches. sometimes it hurts so bad that it feels like a migrane. no allergies here in the family, but lots of sinus trouble anyway. sinus pressure is no joke, and can make teeth hurt

Lisa - posted on 04/16/2010

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I took my 6 year old to the doctor because he was complaining of headaches all the time, she told me to keep track of them and write them down so I can see when they are happening.

It could be sitting too close to the computer or too much video games. My husband will get headaches from video games. It also could be from the sun. If you have already had his eyes checked then I guess just keep track of them, then you can see what activity he did before he got the headache

Aunda - posted on 04/15/2010

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if it helps my brother has high blood pressure and as i understand hes always had it hope that helps

Daniela - posted on 04/15/2010

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I suggest a process of elimination. If drinking more water (less soda) doesn't work, try adapting the diet to include more home-cooked meals (e.g. without additives). If that doesn;t work, try getting his eyes tested.

Amy - posted on 04/14/2010

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Lack of hydration can also cause headaches. Is he getting enough fluids during the day? Also lack of sleep and even lack of certain vitamins so a multi vitamin could help also.

Angie - posted on 04/14/2010

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Sure 8 year olds can get high blood pressure but I would guess that his doctor checks that at every visit. He's already has specialized tests so I'm sure high blood pressure has been ruled out. My 12 year old gets horrible headaches. We found that a the low humidity in the house is a major contributing factor. She has a humidifier in her room and it seems to help.

Kelly - posted on 04/14/2010

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i have took him to the doc they did a ct scan and a eye exam and everything came out great but he still gets headaches and he said they hurt i thought it could be growing pains but i guess not

Crissy - posted on 04/14/2010

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MY SON IS 7 AND GETS HEADACHES I WAS TOLD ITS CAUSE COULD BE STRESS FROM SCHOOL OR EVEN LACK OF SLEEP! MY DIAGNOSES IS STRESS FROM HIS OLDER BROTHER (HES LOUD AN DISRESPECTFUL TO OTHERS! ) BUT I WAS WORRIED AN HAD TAKEN HIM TO THE DRS TO MAKE SURE HE WAS OK!

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