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Are Headaches Affecting Your Child’s Academic Performance?

Are Headaches Affecting Your Child’s Academic Performance?

Has you child ever complained of a nagging headache?  If so, he or she isn’t alone.  Research shows that headaches are as much of a problem for children as adults — not only because of the pain, but also because of the effect on a child’s quality of life.  And, researchers in New Zealand have uncovered an association between headache and poor academic performance.

It’s particularly important to focus on preventing childhood headache during the start of the school year. Researchers found that youngsters with a history of head pain are likely to have episodes starting in September.  One study, which enrolled more than 1,400 6- and 7-year-old children, revealed that headache frequency increased by 20 percent during the first months of school.  What’s more, the students’ headaches became more frequent as the year progressed.
Even if your child is headache-free, he or she may have spinal misalignments, which can exist prior to symptoms.  By correcting vertebral subluxations prior to the onset of pain, chiropractors ward off a multitude of problems, including hateful headaches and mind-numbing migraines.

Dr. Barbara Smith
Chiropractor and Health Education

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