Mild Headache First Aid

1. Take Pain Medication

2. Try Self-Care Strategies

  • Apply a cool cloth or ice pack to the forehead, temples, or back of the neck.
  • Massage the person's neck and back to relieve muscle tension.
  • Apply gentle, rotating pressure to the painful area of the head.
  • Have the person rest or take a warm bath or shower.

3. When to Call a Health Care Provider

Seek medical care immediately for:

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on February 02, 2018



American Headache Society: "Types of Headaches" and "Sinus Headache or Migraine?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Headache Treatment Overview;" "Self-Care Treatment for Headaches;" "When to Call the Doctor About Your Headache Symptoms;" and "Headache Treatment Overview.", "Hydration: Why it is so Important."

HealthyChildren: "Choosing Over-the-Counter Medicines for Your Child."

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