Pop quiz: What do you think is the number one reason students visit the nurse’s office?
If you guessed headaches, you’re right. In fact, more than 60 percent of kids and adolescents experience headaches and migraines.
Headaches can be really uncomfortable. They can also be confusing. They may come out of seemingly nowhere, striking in the middle of your soccer practice or algebra test. Some don’t last long, while others can stick around all day. Even the type of pain you feel can change from headache to headache.
“Teens may not realize that they’re dealing with a headache, since it doesn’t always feel like a sharp pain in your head,” says pediatrician Dr. Mahvash Majeed. “You may have slight discomfort. You might also feel off, moody, tired, or nauseous.”
The good news is that there are ways to make your next headache easier to deal with—or, better yet, to prevent it altogether. It involves a little detective work, so ask yourself these three questions the next time your head starts hurting.