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5 Surprising Signs Your Child May Suffer From Migraines

by Terry Wilson

Migraines are often referred to as headaches. However, migraines are actually a neurological condition that can cause severe symptoms other than aches in the head. Children can suffer from migraines just as adults can. In fact, pediatric migraines are more common than many parents realize. If you suspect your child may be suffering from migraines, here are 5 symptoms you should discuss with a pediatrician.

1) Visual Aura

If your child mentions squiggly lines, lightning flashes, or blindness in one eye, they could be experiencing a visual aura. The aura often occurs before the pain of a migraine sets in and can last for up to an hour. Some kids only experience an aura and other symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, rather than a headache.

2) Sensitivity to Light and Sound

If your child complains of sensitivity to light and sound, it could be a sign of a pending migraine. They may want to sleep in a dark room or wear sunglasses even when indoors. In addition, they may say that certain noises are painfully loud. Your children's doctor can help you brainstorm ways to help your child during this time.

3) Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms of pediatric migraines, so don't assume the culprit is the flu or a virus. With pediatric migraines, your child may not have an appetite and may even feel nauseous all day long. If the nausea is severe, your child may vomit or dry heave. These symptoms can be debilitating and should be discussed with your child's pediatrician.

4) Fatigue

If your child is suddenly more tired than usual or is sleeping more than normal, it could be a sign of pediatric migraines. The fatigue associated with migraines can be severe and may even last for days. If your child is also experiencing other symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, it's important to seek medical attention.

5) Abdominal Pain

Sometimes, the pain associated with pediatric migraines can be felt in the abdomen rather than the head. If your child complains of abdominal pain, especially if they also have a headache, it's important to bring it up with their pediatrician. Other symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, may also be present.

If your child is experiencing any of the above symptoms, it's important to discuss them with your pediatrician. Pediatric migraines are often treated with a combination of medication and lifestyle changes, making it possible for your child to get back to their usual routine.