Anyone expierenced children with screaming painful headaches? Associated with drinking certain juices? What do you do? Mine go on for hours, it's a struggle to comfort them and sometimes they throw up. Really could use helpful advice.

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Alyssa - posted on 02/24/2009

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You mentioned the citrus tic tacs which got me thinging...if you do check into the additives/corn syrup you might want to check on citric acid.  My daughter cannot drink more than a couple tablespoons of VERY diluted orange or pineapple juice because she gets an awful stomach and headache.  She has also had a problem with other juices that are store bought, but not the homemade equivilants.  Most juices, pop, and yes, tic tacs have citric acid (and corn syrup) used as a preservative.  It MIGHT be a connection???  Just a thought.  :)

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Thank you!  a juicer is a good idea also.  This particular event happened while out at a Father Daughter dance.  I didn't know about it until the following day when the reactions maxed out.

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Quoting Anna:

just quit giving them juice, its wasted calories the child doesn't need anyways.


If giving advice or helpful tips....it ought to be "positive,  thought out" not just rolled off the tip on the tongue.

Steffanie - posted on 02/24/2009

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I agree with the mommy who said take him to a chiropractor.. and is it colored? It could be a type of dye that is used.. try organic juice or make your own with a juicer.  All in all I would try a chiropractor who practices applied kinesiology.

Anna - posted on 02/24/2009

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just quit giving them juice, its wasted calories the child doesn't need anyways.

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Hi Thank you!  It is mostly with juices.  We no longer treat them to juice boxes or pouches.  One time it happened after she was eating citrus tic tacs.  It is definately a reaction to the things you've mentioned.  I just haven't figured out which exactly.  I will look into a Naturopath!  Much appreciated!  God Bless.

Alyssa - posted on 02/24/2009

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I have a couple thoughts - does it ever happen with other drinks besides juice?  If the reaction is immediate and the drink is cold your child could be sensitive to cold.  There is an area on the roof of the mouth near the back of the throat where if you are sensitive to cold and it gets hit by a long cold drink or too much ice cream, for example, it can trigger a migrain.  Also, it could be an allergic reaction.  If it is not 100% juice they could be reacting to the corn syrup (especially high fructose corn syrup) or one of the additives.  Reactions to corn syrup, color additives and flavor enhancers can all cause reactions like you described - a Naturopath can help figure that out if you wanted to pursue that (most MD's do not recognize food allergies to corn syrup or additives/colorings.  Hope this can help and good luck.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/23/2009

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It may be any artificial sweetners in the juice. My husband did this as a child and to this day if he eats any artificial sweeteners he is down with a horrible migraine complete with throwing up, sensitivity to light and sound, etc.
I would definitely try to avoid those juices altogether and maybe try making your own..or getting organic juice. A bit pricier but you wont have a screaming child!

Becky - posted on 02/23/2009

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don't wait, go to a good doctor NOW! There was a little boy in our community who had headaches infrequently and then died of meningitis. NOT something to mess with. Please, see 1,2 or even 10 doctors if you can. Have an MRI to make sure of brain aneurysms. I also recommend a good chiropractor that deals with children. Its worked wonders for us.

Lynda - posted on 02/23/2009

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Hi Marcie.  There are many causes for headaches.  My son gets headaches, but I'm not quite sure what triggers them.  Sometimes I think it's because he's not getting enough sleep.  The only thing I can suggest is maybe go to an eye doctor and get his eyes checked.  He could be straining his eyes and this may be the cause. 



Does he grit or grind his teeth at night.  This may also be the cause.  If it is go to the dentist and he may be able to give him a splint to use at night.



Certain juices/sugary products could be the cause.  Try and eliminate certain foods 1 at a time to see if it makes a difference.  With me we have a wood stove, I find I can handle the heat from that better than the furnace.  This may be a cause. 



I would suggest going to a doctor to get him checked out if it's nothing of the above. 



Good luck!

Randi - posted on 02/22/2009

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I'm not sure why but grape juice has always made me have a head ache. When I get it, it is horrible! It is equivelent to a migrane and pain medication does not make it go away. I've never had it checked out. I just limit myself to half a glass every once in a while. Sorry I can't be more helpful. Good luck!

Jodi - posted on 02/22/2009

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If you know that the juice is causing the headaches stop buying juice all together. If its not the juice or you don't know what is causing it definitely talk with your pediatrician.

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