Mommy, My Head Hurts
A Doctor's Guide to your Child's HeadachesBook - 2001
From a sympathetic and caring pediatric neurologistthe first and only book written by a practicing physician for the parents of children with headaches to help them deal with their child's pain, and improve the quality of life for their entire family. 12 million children in America suffer from headaches. 20% of all children suffer from recurrent headaches (half are migraine). 50% of the 23 million adults with migraines had first attack in childhood. One million school days lost to migraines each year. Clearly, many parents can benefit from a guide to help them understand their child's headache: what might be causing it, how to treat it, and how to keep it from controlling their child's life as well as their own. As no such book by a doctor was available, Dr. Cheyette was urged by her patients to provide something for their home reference, which led to her writing this easy-to-understand guide, which is laced throughout with summary boxes, anecdotes and diagrams. In its seven chapters, Dr. Cheyette offers practical advice on all kinds of headaches and how to treat them, with and without medication, traditional and homeopathic and non-traditional; how to deal with doctors and what questions to ask them, and she discusses how a child develops the concept of pain and how they express it. Dr. Cheyette's book is a must for all families and caregivers.
Mommy, my head hurts
It’s time to go to school, but your child’s still in bed—with another headache. What’s a parent to do?
Mommy, My Head Hurts by Dr. Sarah Cheyette, a pediatric neurologist and mother of two young children, gives parents the information they need to deal with their child’s headaches and improve the quality of life for the entire family. Featuring numerous case studies drawn from her treatment of hundreds of patients, Dr. Cheyette gives concrete advice for treating headaches in all children, from infants through teenagers, and offers information on the newest medications and mostinnovative nondrug therapies.
In her clear, lively, easy-to-understand style, Dr. Cheyette answers parents’ most pressing questions, such as:
- How can I identify and treat pain in my baby? My toddler? My teen?
- What are the possible causes of my child’s headache?
- What are all the treatment options for my child’s pain? Which option is best?
- How can I prepare my child for adoctor’s visit?
- What questions should my doctor ask to ensure an accurate diagnosis of my child’s headache?
- What are our options if we’ve already seen a doctor…and the headache still isn’t going away?
Dr. Cheyette believes that the problem of headaches in children is enormous, but that it has been underappreciated for a variety of reasons. She would like to give these children (and their affected families) more of a voice. This book is intended to make you feel more in control of a difficult situation.
Filled with examples, resources, and a sample headache diary, Dr. Cheyette’s book is the definitive guide for families and caregivers who want to help a child overcome headache pain. Use it, with the medical resources available to you, to help your child.