Understanding Headaches in Children with Autism
With one in 68 children born these days with ASD- autism spectrum disorder, the disorder has become prevalent over the years. Apart from the social interaction and behavioral challenges that occur sue to autism, it can also cause some other health problems. Headaches is one such health issue that may exist in the lives of people with autism.
Autism has impact on social and developmental skill of a person and can pose challenges through life, academically socially and professionally. It has been found that some people and children with autism experience headaches and migraines apart from some other health issues that come with the disorder.
The occurrence of headache is not very common symptom and only some people are affected by them.
People and children with sensory hyperactivity, over anxiety, stress are more likely to experience migraines or headaches. A child with autism particularly those who are non-verbal may not be able to describe the pain they feel.
Children with autism may not be able to talk about their physical health problems due to communication barriers, thereby causing delay in diagnoses. It is important to understand this and pay more attention to their health. Sangeeta Arun, parent
Headaches can occur in some kids with autism who are head bangers and use the action as stimming. Injury to the head is common in children that stim by hitting or banging their heads on hard surfaces.
Another reason of headaches could be the Gastrointestinal Disorders or GI disorders that are common in people with autism. GI disorders can cause inflammation that may result in headaches in a child.
Diagnosing the underlying cause can help provide relief from the pains. Therapy, stress relieving activities and medications can help provide relief from the symptoms. Parents should pay attention if the child is complaining of head pain or there are exhibits discomfort associated with headaches.
“My child had anxiety issues and often experienced headaches, medication and therapy has helped him a lot,” Karuna Sen , a parent.