Migraines in Children
Migraine headaches are among the most common acute and recurrent headaches experienced by kids. They often cause a variety of symptoms, including nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting. Some kids also experience vision changes or other sensory changes during migraine attacks.
Dr. Jonathan Cabin of The Migraine Institute is a board-certified head and neck surgeon with dual-subspecialty training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Cabin’s unique expertise enables him to help chronic migraine patients – regardless of age – determine the best way to achieve long-lasting migraine pain relief.
Are Migraines in Children Common?
Recent research indicates approximately 10% of all kids suffer from migraines. Studies also show roughly half of these migraine sufferers experience their first migraine attack before the age of 12.
Additionally, boys tend to experience migraines more often than girls. However, during adolescence, the incidence of migraines increases more rapidly in girls than in boys. By the age of 17, approximately 8% of boys and 23% of girls have experienced a migraine attack.
What Causes Migraines in Children?
Common causes of migraines in children include:
- Illness and infection
- Head trauma
- Stress and anxiety
- Brain tumor or bleeding in the brain
How Can Parents Help Their Kids Manage Migraine Pain?
Parents play key roles in a child’s ability to overcome migraine pain. In fact, there are many ways that parents can help their kids manage migraine pain, such as:
- Ensure a child is diagnosed and treated. There is no need to leave anything to chance, especially when it comes to a child’s health and well-being. If a parent believes his or her child may be dealing with migraines, it is important to go to a doctor immediately. At this point, a doctor may provide acute, preemptive or preventative medications to help a child alleviate his or her migraine pain.
- Keep a child on a regular migraine medications schedule. Parents can set up reminders to ensure a child sticks to a consistent migraine medications schedule. With this schedule in place, a child won’t have to worry about forgetting to take his or her migraine medications.
- Promote a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes, a child’s migraine symptoms may worsen due to a lack of sleep or unhealthy eating habits. Yet a parent who promotes a healthy lifestyle may be able to help his or her child avoid migraine pain.
- Limit a child’s stress. Relaxation, biofeedback and other stress management tools can make a world of difference, especially if a child suffers from migraines. Parents can use these stress management tools to help their children relax, and as a result, lower their risk of migraines.
- Maintain a migraine diary. Encourage a child to keep a migraine log. That way, a child can determine if his or her migraine medications are delivering the optimal results.
If a child has received a chronic migraine diagnosis from a neurologist but still finds his or her migraine medications are ineffective or cause intolerable side effects, Dr. Cabin can help. In this instance, Dr. Cabin can meet with a child to evaluate his or her migraine triggers and offer a personalized treatment recommendation.
Schedule a Migraine Treatment Consultation with Dr. Cabin Today
Dr. Cabin is happy to help patients young and old determine the best way to address migraines. To set up a consultation with Dr. Cabin, please contact the Migraine Institute today at 310.461.0303.