from the Nationwide Children's

Returning to the school routine can be a headache for children - literally.
More children visit the emergency room complaining of headaches in the fall than other times of the year, according to a recent study released by Nationwide Children's Hospital.


Tension headaches and migraines were the two primary reasons for the visits, according to the neurologists who studied 1,300 emergency room visits between 2010 and 2014.

A number of things - academic stresses, schedule changes and increases in extracurricular activity - may cause the headaches, according to the hospital. Other factors could include lack of adequate sleep, skipping meals, poor hydration, too much caffeine, lack of exercise and prolonged exposure to electronic screens.

Parents can help prevent headaches in children by keeping them hydrated, making sure they eat three meals a day, reducing their stress levels and ensuring they stay well rested.

To read more about the study, visit www.nationwidechildrens.org/news-room-articles/more-evidence-supports-that-kids-headaches-increase-at-back-to-school-time?contentid=145757