Migraine Prevention and Management in Children

Migraine Prevention and Management in Children

Keeping a headache diary accurately records the frequency, severity and duration of attacks and can help to identify triggers which may help to prevent future migraine attacks. It also monitors the effectiveness of treatments. The MAI provides migraine diaries for both adults and children. Click here to download:

diary

 

If the symptoms are noticed early a child can often sleep off the pain of migraine. Non-pharmacological management techniques include relaxation exercises, stress management, biofeedback and behavioural therapies. These therapies can greatly reduce the frequency of attacks.

If your child is about to have an attack, a mild pain-killing drug such as paracetamol should be given (in soluble form as this is more quickly absorbed). Aspirin should be avoided due to its association with a rare condition called Reye’s Disease. Nausea or vomiting can be countered with an anti-nausea drug, which can be purchased over the counter and should be taken about 15 minutes before the painkiller.

Preventative medical therapy is rarely recommended for children. It is generally preferable for a child to miss a few days of school per term due to migraine, rather than give preventative medication. Regular preventative therapy may only be justified (over a short two-three month period) if the migraine attack frequency is distressing. Following advice from a GP on the positive and negative aspects of treatment options, parents can decide on the best management solutions for their child.

Contact us for information leaflets for parents and teachers: o1-8941280/ 1850-200-378.

Migraine Prevention and Management in Children

Migraine Prevention and Management in Children

Keeping a headache diary accurately records the frequency, severity and duration of attacks and can help to identify triggers which may help to prevent future migraine attacks. It also monitors the effectiveness of treatments. The MAI provides migraine diaries for both adults and children. Click here to download:

diary

 

If the symptoms are noticed early a child can often sleep off the pain of migraine. Non-pharmacological management techniques include relaxation exercises, stress management, biofeedback and behavioural therapies. These therapies can greatly reduce the frequency of attacks.

If your child is about to have an attack, a mild pain-killing drug such as paracetamol should be given (in soluble form as this is more quickly absorbed). Aspirin should be avoided due to its association with a rare condition called Reye’s Disease. Nausea or vomiting can be countered with an anti-nausea drug, which can be purchased over the counter and should be taken about 15 minutes before the painkiller.

Preventative medical therapy is rarely recommended for children. It is generally preferable for a child to miss a few days of school per term due to migraine, rather than give preventative medication. Regular preventative therapy may only be justified (over a short two-three month period) if the migraine attack frequency is distressing. Following advice from a GP on the positive and negative aspects of treatment options, parents can decide on the best management solutions for their child.

Contact us for information leaflets for parents and teachers: o1-8941280/ 1850-200-378.