Headache is common among children and adolescents. Up to 82% of adolescents report having a headache before the age of 15. Approximately 6% of adolescents experience migraine yearly. Migraine experienced in the pediatric population are just as disabling as those experienced by adults.
Features for diagnosis of childhood migraine are:
- Shorter duration than what is experienced with adults. Overall duration can last from 1 to 72 hours.
- There is often bifrontal or bitemporal pain.
- Pediatric patients have difficulty communicating the severity of the pain. Using a number scale, face scale, or asking them to draw a picture may help with diagnosis.
- Children have difficulty expressing their symptoms. Take note of their behavior and how it is expressed with symptoms commonly tied to migraine.
Control is possible. Work closely with your child's physician or healthcare provider to determine which therapies will work best for your child. For those who have persistent migraines consider natural treatment with supplements such as magnesium, riboflavin, and coenzyme Q-10 found in HeadAid for relief.
When to start a preventative treatment? Consider preventative treatment when a child has more than two to three migraines per month that cannot be fully controlled with acute medicine.