Migraine in children – How the young migraineur’s experience differs from yours

When you think of a migraine, you probably think of a range of symptoms including visual disturbance, photophobia, nausea or sickness, but the one symptom most people will almost always associate with a migraine is a headache that can last anywhere from 1- 2 days.

Yet for migraine in children, a headache may be only transient, or in some cases, may not occur at all.

Children experience many illnesses in different ways to adults, with symptoms dictated in part by their developmental stage, and migraines are no exception. Migraine in children symptoms can last as long as 3 days, and may begin with unusual behavior such as fatigue or hyperactivity, and irritability.

Later, the child may become pale, sleepy or confused, may exhibit odd facial expressions, and may experience prolonged episodes of nausea and/or vomiting. In some cases, childhood migraine is described as a “headache in the stomach”.

Triggers of migraine in children can also differ from those that are commonly associated with migraine in adults: a busy schedule can lead to triggers such as stress, lack of sleep, skipped meals, inadequate hydration, or being generally run down, so finding time to relax and de-stress away from school work or computer games, eating and drinking regularly and being careful to get enough sleep are all important in avoiding attacks.

If you suspect your child may be suffering with migraines, try keeping a diary of their experiences to see if a pattern emerges, and discuss their symptoms with your GP who will be able to make a diagnosis and suggest a management plan.

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