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Health Tip: Soothing Your Child's Headache

Quiet time and medication can help

(HealthDay News) -- If your child complains of a headache, here are a few tips that can help relieve the pain and keep your child comfortable, courtesy of the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital:

  • Give your child the recommended dosage of acetaminophen every four hours until the headache subsides.
  • If acetaminophen is not successful, try the recommended dosage of ibuprofen no more than every six hours. Do not give in conjunction with acetaminophen.
  • Do not give your child aspirin.
  • Put your child to rest in a quiet room with low light.
  • Talk to your child about any stress or anxiety that may be stemming from school or at home. Emotional stresses can often cause headaches.

If his headache does not subside or he seems otherwise visibly ill, you should consult your pediatrician.

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