Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Children suffering with migraines


 There are many young children suffering from migraines, making parents worried
I have spoken to a couple of people recently who either know of or have a child who is suffering with migraines. Migraines are a severe form of headache which is caused by the dilation of the vessels in the brain which causes severe pain, increased sensitivity to light, smells and sounds and in some cases vomiting.

When looking into some research on this, it turns out that migraines in children are actually quite common, with 10% of school children suffering from them. There have even been reports in children as young as 18 months suffering with the condition.

"Before a migraine begins, parents may observe changes in their children’s behaviour, including loss of appetite, irritability, yawning, food cravings, lethargy, withdrawal, and mood swings. Sensitivity to light, touch, smell, and/or sound are also common. Other indicators may include sleep walking, sleep talking and night terrors. Motion sickness may be an early warning of the predisposition to childhood migraine.
The most common migraine triggers in children are inadequate or altered sleep, skipping meals, stress, weather changes, bright lights, loud noises, strong odors, and hormonal fluctuations. Contrary to popular belief, food triggers affect only 5-15% of sufferers."  (http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/Migraine%20in%20Children.html )

If you are concerned that your child is suffering from a migraine, it is important that you visit your doctor to get it checked out. There are some medications which can be prescribed which will help lessen the amount of migraines your child will suffer, but in many cases sleep is actually the best remedy, as tiredness and stress are two factors which can lead to migraines.

Other common triggers are:

Dehydration
Diet
Lack of food
Exercise
Computer screens
Health

You can read more on this subject at:

http://www.migrainetrust.org/factsheet-parents-carers-of-young-sufferers-guide-10921

http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/Migraine-in-Children.htm

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