This week is a feature from Diamond Headache Clinic. Migraines are painful and watching your child suffer from one can make you feel helpless. Diamond Headache Clinic has provided a slideshow for us about children and migraine headaches. My children do not have migraines at this time but since their dad does I often wonder if they will develop them in the future. This information Dr. Merle Diamond provided was interesting to me as well as very informative. I hope you gain some insight as well.
Children & Migraines
People who suffer from migraine headaches don’t need to be told that migraines are intensely unpleasant experiences that they wouldn’t want anyone in their families to suffer. Unfortunately, the genetic factors involved in whether or not someone develops migraines mean migraine sufferers are more likely to have children who will develop migraine headaches at some point in their lives. The risk of developing migraine headaches is 50 percent higher in children whose parents already suffer from them — meaning parents will need to watch for warning signs.
That said, parents who suffer from migraine headaches also most likely know that children — especially very young children — cannot always articulate when they suffer from an illness. This makes it even more important for parents who may be concerned about their children’s risk of developing migraine headaches to keep an eye out for symptoms, which would allow their kids to get treatment sooner. Parents must be aware of how migraine headaches and related symptoms may manifest themselves in children, especially for those who are unable to communicate their symptoms to parents or doctors.
For example, cluster headaches are severe episodes of pain that may occur over the course of weeks or even months. Parents should be on the lookout for signs of nasal congestion, swollen foreheads, or puffy/swollen eyes. If parents suspect their children may be exhibiting signs of migraine headaches, they should get them to a pediatrician or headache specialist as soon as possible.
The following guide illustrates many of the most common types of migraine headaches, and how they can affect children. If you have a family history of migraines, be on the lookout for signs in your children so you’ll be able to bring them relief sooner rather than later.
Author bio: Dr. Merle Diamond graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and received her medical education from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. She has been a part of Diamond Headache Clinic since 1989, contributed numerous articles to medical literature, and lectured extensively on various headache subjects.