“Mom, my head hurts!”
I heard this for 3 days in a row.
Every time my daughter told me her head hurt, I went down a list of questions:
- Have you been drinking water?
- Did you hit your head?
- Why does your head hurt?
- How long has it been hurting?
Honestly, I kept hoping it was just a regular headache and that it would go away on it’s on.
It did not go away.
After a few days, I also noticed that when she got in the car after school, her personality was different. She wasn’t the smiling, bubbly, full of stories little girl.
She was just blahhh. Just blah.
My daughter stopped talking to us, playing with her brothers, and was just not herself. Why? Because her head was still hurting.
Her head was actually hurting her all day long (home and school). I made an appointment with her pediatrician, because it didn’t appear to be going away.
The pediatrician did a slew of test on her in the office. She passed every test, meaning there were no brain issues or other problems. My mind was at ease with that news, but my daughters head was still hurting.
I asked him could it be her eyes, but he said no because she took an eye test months before and she passed.
Sooooo, then he said, “I really don’t know.”
He wanted to give us some medicine and see if that works, but I didn’t want to give her medicine and we don’t know what we are treating.
When I left his office, I made an appointment with the eye doctor.
To make a long story short, I paid a little extra for an intensive check up. My daughter eyes were developing a stigmatism and far sightedness! What!?
My daughter’s head was hurting because of her eye condition and it was putting a strain on her eye muscles. The good news is that I was told she can grow out of it. It is not a life sentence of wearing glasses. It’s a possibility she can grow out of it by her teenage years because she’s still growing.
The Optometrist said, “Those eye test in the pediatrician offices do not catch everything. Also, those test really cater to more near sighted people.”
The Dr. also said today kids eyes are stressed out a lot sooner due to phones, tablets, too much tv time and smart boards at school.
My Daughter Wears Glasses
My daughter was prescribed glasses that day and I ordered her new glasses from Zenni Optical later that night. The doctor office glasses were around $100 … ummm I asked for the prescription and did some price checking on my own. I was able to get her some cute glasses with her name on the side for $19.99 from Zenni Optical (they have so many kids frames!).
She was told to wear her glasses 90% of the time and her headaches went away. She started flipping around the house again. I could see life in her face when I picked her up from school now.
My baby was back.
She’s been wearing glasses for around 2 months now and hasn’t complained or revisited that blah behavior since she started wearing glasses. We actually go back for a follow-up next week.
What I Want You to Get From This?
If your child is complaining about not being able to see the board or complaining of headaches. You might want to try an eye doctor instead of the pediatrician. It may not be their eyes, but it’s something you can check off the list.
If I would have just listened to my pediatrician, my daughter would still be on medicine she didn’t need. Instead, she’s back to normal herself, seeing better and feeling great!
If you have a child who does where glasses, check out Zenni Optical – they have some great glasses.
Does your child wear glasses? What’s your story? How did you know your child needed glasses?