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Posted on 09-28-2015

Shopping for school supplies is enough to give any parent a headache, but it turns out they're not the only ones suffering from that particular affliction in the fall. According to a new study, children are the ones who need some headache relief this time of year.

Researchers from the Nationwide Children's Hospital looked into children's ER visits from 2010 to 2014, and discovered that in the fall, visits due to headaches are up 31% more than any other time of the year.

Since the timing coincides with the start of school, it could be the stress and anxiety of a new routine is the root cause of these headaches, but there are other explanations as well. Lack of sleep, dehydration, hormonal changes, poor diet, too much caffeine, and too much screen time can also contribute to headaches.

It's also important to consider the type of headache. Tension headaches tend to cause general discomfort, but migraines often bring nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to lights or smells.

Regardless of the type of headache, if they persist and start to interfere with every day functioning, it's time to do something about it. Pain relievers may provide a few hours of relief, but no long-term solution.

Chiropractic care can often provide headache relief without the use of medication. In addition to getting enough sleep, eating balanced meals, and staying hydrated, a visit to Lexington Family Chiropractic can alleviate pain. Traditional chiropractic evaluation and treatment, along with massage therapy is often used to treat chronic headaches.

Kids often complain that school is a pain, but this time of year, it may literally be causing discomfort to your children. If you have questions about alleviating headaches in children, contact us.

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