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New School Year Can Cause Stress and Headaches For Children

Posted Sep 06 2009 12:00am

As we start another school year, parents have the daunting task of getting their children ready for the first day of school and the preparation for the new routine. Exerts state that the start of the school year although exciting can be stressful on children. More than one-third of children experience recurrent headaches, involving pain that occurs more than once a month. The causes of headaches are unknown. It could be changes in a child’s sleep schedule, the demands of adjusting to a new school year, including academic responsibilities and social pressures to make new friends, which may increase stress and consequently, headaches. It is recommended that parents set reasonable bed time limits so children can get enough sleep and de-stress from their day. It is also important to let the children ease back into the schedule and not overbook them with after-school activities and sports.

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