Watching a child suffer in misery and not knowing why is a terrible thing for parents to cope with on their own. Now, the American Migraine Foundation and experts in migraines from Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ have identified clues that can help diagnose and lead to effective migraine treatment for kids. This information appears on the American Migraine Foundation’s website. Knowing what signs to look for can be empowering for parents who are desperate to understand why their children are feeling terrible, and presenting with an unfamiliar set of symptoms.
Signs of migraines in kids include trouble concentrating and performing well in school. They may also avoid participating in school athletics since this can trigger headaches. Sadly, their social interactions could also suffer due to being stigmatized by kids who lack empathy and don’t understand the condition. Even at home, your youngster’s irritability and illness can stress siblings and parents who need to modify their behavior to accommodate migraine attacks.
Kids, unfortunately don’t always have obvious migraine symptoms that would facilitate getting them swift and effective migraine treatment. They may experience stomachaches, nausea and vomiting. They may need to retreat to a darkened room to rest and experience sound, light or smell sensitivity. With kids, it’s especially important to differentiate headaches and migraines from possible concussions, which require immediate medical attention. Concussion symptoms might also include mood swings, irritability, dazed expression, and vision and memory impairment.
Since migraines often run in families, the experts noted that up to 70 per cent of kids with migraines, have a close relative with the condition. The Phoenix based migraine researcher said, “Migraine in children tends to be underdiagnosed and undertreated…If you have a child with bad headaches that you suspect may be migraine, think about your own headache history as a guide to your child’s complaints and make an appointment with a migraine specialist for a proper diagnosis. It may make all the difference.
The American Migraine Foundation recommends that for kids with chronic migraine, treatment should include a combination of medication and psychotherapy. This should help them to perform better in school and improve the quality of their life experiences. It’s important not to assume that your migraine treatment is safe or appropriate for your child. Be sure to consult with a migraine specialist if you suspect your child has a migraine condition.