When your child is sick or in pain, there’s nothing parents wouldn’t do to get them OK again. Children get many of the same conditions adults do, and migraines are no exception. Migraines run in families, but they can be challenging to recognize in your child even with a history. While kids can get migraines at almost any age, our focus for this blog will be the adolescent age group of 12-17.
Recognizing Migraine Symptoms in Your Child
Let’s be honest. Adolescence can be a major challenge as your child navigates through puberty and pressures socially and at home. It’s easy to brush a headache off because we all understand that life itself can stress our minds and bodies out. On the other hand, migraines are different and should be addressed accordingly, so your child isn’t unnecessarily suffering. Symptoms to watch out for that accompany intense head pain are:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light, sounds, or odors
- Unusual depression or irritability
- Your child wants to lay down in a dark room
Migraine Coping Methods and Treatment Options
A range of things can trigger migraines. Learning what triggers your teens’ migraines by keeping a diary of the when, where, and severity of their migraines will reduce the frequency. You can do other things at home to help minimize triggers. Controlling temperature and direct light, aromatherapy, stress management, making sure they are eating and staying hydrated, and other complementary therapies are examples.
If your child’s migraines are chronic (15 or more days a month) or concerning in any way to you, it’s time to get your doctor involved. Treatments for migraines fall into three different categories. These are typically done in conjunction with the complimentary options as well.
- Acute: Stops pain and prevents it from getting worse.
- Preemptive – Given when a known factor like exercise triggers the migraines.
- Preventive– Taken regularly to reduce the frequency, severity, and duration of an attack and lessen the pain.
Children and Clinical Research Studies
The effects of migraines can spread beyond the pain and get in the way of daily life. They can impact your teen emotionally, academically, and more. Here at Core Clinical Research, we are dedicated to improving how conditions like migraines in kids are managed. Clinical research studies and the volunteers that participate in them make these potential advancements possible. If your child has been diagnosed with migraines and is between the ages of 12-17, research studies may be an option. Qualified participants can gain access to new therapies and help future kids with migraines have better options—all while under the careful and expert care of our medical team.
To learn more about our currently enrolling kids’ migraine studies, call (425) 443-9551, or visit our website for additional information.