What You Need to Know About Migraine in Children

Migraine in Children
Migraine in Children

Migraine in Children - Migraine is a severe form of headache commonly experienced by adults. Unknown to some people, children as young as six years old can have migraine too. The headache associated with migraine can last for an hour, a day or even a week. One study conducted on 970,000 kids and teenagers age six to eighteen years old shows that at least 329,000 school days can be missed in a month. Aside from missing school, most parents are concerned about their children’s future. Missing school is one thing, and getting fired because of absenteeism is another. So, how do you know if your kid is suffering from migraine and what should you do about it?

Migraine Symptoms

Knowing if your child is suffering from migraine or a regular headache can be a little tricky. Kids have different pain tolerance, and what’s very painful for them may just be caused by a regular headache. Migraine symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to noise and sensitivity to smell. If your kid needs to sleep after having a headache, doesn’t want any noise or throws up; chances are he is suffering from migraine. Kids also have a different way of telling what they’re feeling, so if you hear these often, have your kid examined for migraine.
  • “My head hurts and I want to throw up.”
  • “It feels like my head is pounding.”
  • “Can we close the curtains? I don’t want any light.”
  • “The noise makes my headache worse.”

Treating Migraine 

Migraine is one of the few conditions experts have no full knowledge about. Its cause is still uncertain, as well as the treatment. When it comes to migraine, experts believe prevention is better than cure. Migraine is believed to be caused by certain triggers such as food, smell or activity and it’s best that your child stays away from whatever causes his migraine. If you think that your child is suffering from migraine, visit the doctor right away. A doctor should be able to help you find out what causes the migraine, give your child medication for the pain as well as for the nausea.

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