Adults aren't the only ones affected by the often disabling pain of a migraine. Many children and teens also are prone to the intense pounding, occasional nausea and aura that warns some migraine sufferers.
While there's no sure way to prevent a migraine, the American Academy of Family Physicians says there are certain things that your child can do that may help:
- Eat regularly and don't skip any meals.
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule.
- Get frequent and consistent exercise.
- Recognize what triggers migraines (examples may include stress or overexertion) and try to avoid those triggers.
- Identify any foods that may trigger a migraine. Common examples are chocolate, caffeine, cheese and processed meats.
- Talk to your child's pediatrician about medication if migraines can't be controlled by other methods.