Moodiness Masking Kids Chronic Migraines

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February 18, 2015

While they are babies and crying it’s so difficult knowing what is bothering them, but once kids can speak we believe they will be able to tell us what ails them. However, when kids suffer with chronic migraine it’s a different story. They may not even realize they are having a migraine, especially because they might not even have a headache!

Kids also get tension related chronic headaches, which can be triggered by school pressures, emotional stress, and family discord. A recent Huffington Post article reported about how adults can spot migraines in kids; a task that can be tricky since parents are so distracted with worry about everything else in their daily lives like schoolwork, social life, extracurricular activities etc.

Some interesting facts about migraines in kids and adolescents:

  • They miss out on school about twice as much as their classmates who don’t suffer with migraines.
  • They are at greater risk for developing anxiety, sleep problems and depression; these conditions tend to co-exist with chronic migraine (though not necessarily caused by the condition.)
  • When kids have a chronic headache condition, it is important to get early treatment to prevent it from getting worse as they get older.
  • Children might not even have a headache in the throes of a migraine attack, but rather experience light sensitivity, nausea, vertigo and vomiting. They are often erroneously misdiagnosed for this reason.
  • Kids can best be treated for chronic migraine or headaches with a combination or treatments and therapies, like cognitive behavior therapy and preventative as well as pain medication. A migraine specialist can determine whether a migraine procedure might be the appropriate treatment.
  • Kids can blame their parents for their headaches. Migraines tend to run in families. In fact, according to the report, about 90 percent of migraineurs can look to their genes for the source of their condition.
  • Raging hormones in teens can be blamed for migraines too. Kids are sensitive to the usual adult migraine triggers, but hormones during this can play a key headache role.
  • Moodiness, sluggishness, photosensitivity, sound sensitivity, lack of appetite or ravenous cravings might be your child’s only signs they are experiencing a migraine. Just think; you may have mistaken your child’s chronic migraine for the ‘terrible teens’.

If your child or teen seems irritable, moody or bothered by nausea from time to time, speak to his or her doctor about the possibility of whether chronic headaches or migraines could be the underlying cause.



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