Yes, babies also have headaches and though they moan and groan each time they have one, it is very difficult for a mother to understand the reason for their crying. We give you the telltale signs of a baby’s headache.

The Causes
According to the National Headache Foundation, the most common causes of a headache in an infant are hunger, sleep, gas, exhaustion, stress (yes, even babies go through stress!) and inflamed sinus tissues. Your baby could also get one while he’s teething or from an earache. Some other common triggers are a cold, dehydration and any strong smell. Some babies also experience a headache after a fall.

If your baby has a headache,

  • he’d cry for no apparent reason.
  • he may be inconsolable and incoherent.
  • he may touch his head every now and then as an indication of pain and discomfort.
  • he will be irritable and have trouble sleeping.

How To Soothe It
1. Fennel Or Chamomile Tea: Herbal teas made from fennel seeds or chamomile flowers can help relieve gas, a common cause of headaches in babies. To make fennel tea, add 2tsp fennel seeds in a cup of water and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and cool. Though an ounce of this tea two to three times a day is safe, it is advisable to check with a doctor. You can also give him chamomile tea. Learn how to make it here.

2. Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy is another effective way to soothe your baby’s headache. While peppermint essential oil is excellent for reducing a headache, ylang ylang oil will help your baby relax and lull him to sleep. Eucalyptus oil helps reduce a headache caused by a cold. Put one or two drops of one of these relaxing oils on a handkerchief and place it on your baby’s crib when he’s sleeping.

3. Homeopathy: Homeopathy is a natural form of medication recognized by the Food and Drug Administration, which has no side effects. Visit a trained homeopath who’ll help treat your baby’s headache and other day-to-day problems such as colic, indigestion and cold, which can cause a headache many times.

Note: Though all these remedies are considered safe, make sure you speak to a doctor before trying them.

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A pregnancy & babycare writer as well as wellness believer, Debolina is always trying to bring in health and wellness into her family’s, especially her kids’, lives. With a Master’s degree in English literature, she has worked with several mothercare and babycare brands. In her free time, she helps with campaigns that work towards promoting the health and well-being of women and babies. Her experiences as a mother help her talk about busy modern-day parenting and its changing trends.