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How to Help Your Child Predict (and Prevent) Migraines

Chronic HeadachesIf your child suffers from migraine headaches, then you’re all too familiar with that helpless feeling you get when pain sidelines them.

Fortunately, you can help your child avoid periodic headaches and migraines — and manage them when they strike.

Here, pediatric psychologist Ethan Benore, PhD, answers common questions about handling headaches in kids:

Q: How common are migraine headaches in childhood?
A: Between 3 and 10 percent of children experience migraines; tension-type headaches may affect closer to 30 percent of children.

Migraines and other headaches are among the leading causes of school absences and daily medical symptoms that impair children.

Q: When should you seek medical attention for a child’s headaches?
A: Start with your primary care physician if your child seems to have headaches more than once in a while. Specifically, see your doctor if your child has headaches more than once a week.

See a neurologist for further evaluation if your child has other neurological symptoms along with headaches, such as:

  • Sluggishness

  • Weakness

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Blurred vision

Q: How are children’s migraines treated?