When Your Child Has a Hangover On New Year’s Day
If you notice that your child is not feeling well on New Year’s Day, it may be that they have a hangover. You may have given them a lecture about drinking and may have forbidden them to drink during their New Year’s Eve party, but many teenagers sneak drinks anyway and then wind up very sick the next day. Severe headaches, nausea, throwing up, chills, and shaking are all part of having a hangover.
There are a few ways to handle the situation when your teen has a hangover. You may want to help them with their physical problems, including ensuring they’re hydrated as this helps with a headache and with nausea. Ginger is good for settling a stomach, so consider ginger ale or ginger snaps. Protein shakes will help them to get protein into their system and they’re easier to keep down than solid food when someone is vomiting.
Aspirin can help with the headache as does caffeine, but often these are small fixes and won’t take away their symptoms completely. Often they simply need to wait until the alcohol is out of their system before their physical symptoms go away completely.
While you may want to help your child with their hangover, you may also want to avoid helping them unless their health is in danger. A person gets a hangover because they have poisoned their system with alcohol, and those unpleasant symptoms are the body’s way of letting you know it’s been abused. They can also be a good reason to avoid drinking in the future!
Teenagers are not supposed to drink in the United States, even when in their own home or the home of a friend. This is partly due to a teenager’s body not being able to handle the affects of alcohol the way an adult’s body might, and because of the reckless behavior teens often engage in when intoxicated. If you help your child to feel better after getting drunk, what motivation will they have to avoid drinking during the next party? Letting them tolerate that excruciating headache and vomiting for a full day can be a good way of helping them to avoid overdrinking. They can fully understand the risks involved with drinking and may think twice about partaking next time.
You may also want to have a talk with your teen about any other activities that may have gone on at a party. If they were drinking they may have been taking drugs and they may have had unprotected sex, which is not unusual when teens drink. Take their drinking seriously and be sure they understand the serious consequences so they can be safe for their next party.