Children With Migraines: Facts And Tips For Parents
Children with migraines are more common than people think, in fact it is estimated that up to ten percent of children between the ages of five to fifteen are migraine sufferers, but the percentage increases to 28% for ages fifteen to nineteen. As it’s the case with adults, children migraine headaches have a great effect on quality of life.
While some parents may not want to star their child on drug medications for migraine, it is important to consult with your physician and ask for a referral to a pediatric neurologist if your child is having severe headaches. In fact many pediatric neurologists will recommend more natural therapies when possible. Many doctors believe that juvenile migraines will get worse as he grows older if he is not treated as early as possible.
It is crucial that your child takes migraine medication only twice per week when needed. If taken more than two times weekly, he may experience rebound headaches which means that once the effect of the pain reliever wears off, the headache tends to come back. Also be sure that he takes the medication as soon as the pain starts.
There are some migraine triggers children with migraines should avoid such as excessive caffeine, which may be hidden in many sodas and some types of chocolate. Some physicians also believe food additives such as MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), nitrates and nitrites can trigger migraines He should also avoid stress. There are several resources to manage stress such as guided imagery
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