Channel 4 Interviews Dr. Melissa Rayhill About Back-to-School Headaches

Melissa Rayhill, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and headache expert who trained through the Harvard Headache Medical Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, was recently interviewed by WIVB, Channel 4, on the phenomenon of “back to school” headaches.  Headache complaints often spike in the fall with the return to school.  Dr. Rayhill explained that common causes for headaches in children include skipping meals, dehydration, poor sleep, and changes in routine, in addition to stress associated with starting or returning to the classroom.  Dr. Rayhill also recommended limiting smart phone and electronic screen use 30 minutes before bedtime to improve sleep quality.  Genetics may also play a role.  Finally, migraine headaches often first appear in the adolescent to teenage years, adding to the phenomenon.  For more information, see http://wivb.com/2015/09/11/parents-doctors-notice-back-to-school-headache-boom/

Melissa Rayhill, MD

Melissa Rayhill, MD