On the first day of summer, we are wearing our sunglasses all day and night for Migraine Solidarity Day.
Did you know:
- About 8% of children experience migraine. In teenagers, migraine affects more girls than boys.
- 2 out of every 100 children experience chronic migraine because they have a headache more than 15 days per month.
- Migraine symptoms in children and adolescents include:
- Pain on one-side or both sides of the head
- Duration may be between 1-72 hours
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms including nausea, vomiting and stomach pain
- There are several treatment options available for children and adolescents with migraine including:
- Over-the-counter medications
- Prescription medications to prevent or abort a migraine attack
- Natural supplements to prevent migraine
- Bio-behavioral treatment to prevent and manage migraine pain and associated disability
“For kids 2-11 years of age, the only relief we can offer are tried and true treatments of rest, hydration or over-the-counter pain killers like Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen,” said M. Cristina Victorio, MD, pediatric neurologist and director of the headache clinic in the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center (NDSC) at Akron Children’s. “What we know is for some kids with migraine, these medications are not enough. We also know that one of the best routes to finding medications that will offer relief for children is through research.”