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What are some non-drug headache treatments for children?

Dr. Dawn Marcus
Neurologist

Children are excellent candidates for non-drug headache treatment options. Perhaps because they are students, many young people readily learn and master non-drug techniques, generally getting even better headache relief than when these techniques are used by adults. For that reason, non-drug options should be encouraged for all children with headaches. Effective non-drug headache therapies for children and adolescents include relaxation, stress management, and biofeedback.

Healthy lifestyle habits should also be encouraged, although research studies have not directly tested the benefits of these treatments in young people with headaches. Important lifestyle habits include:

  • Daily aerobic exercise
  • Eating regular, balanced meals and not skipping meals
  • Maintaining good hydration, especially during sporting events
  • Keeping a regular sleeping schedule
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