Family First: Kids and Headaches

Did you know that your kids might be getting bad headaches this summer just by being kids? One local pediatrician talked with us about why and what parents can do.

Dr. Kristin Seaborg is a pediatrician with Group Health Cooperative. She explains that some kids who aren't used to headaches might just act crabby and not know what's wrong.

First and most common is dehydration. And be sure to make it water.

" Juice is mostly sugar and you actually pee out a lot of that juice and a lot of that sugar and actually you're probably dehydrating yourself as you drink more and more juice."

She says milk is great but try to limit it to four six ounce cups a day. Another major headache trigger for kids that you might not expect, sleep.

"Inadequate amount of sleep can certainly lead to headaches. But if you're trying to maintain a normal activity level or even increased activity during the day, imagine trying to continue to run your engine on empty."

Finally, Dr. Seaborg recommends that you try to get your kids to stop snacking and watching t.v. about an hour before bed.

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