At one point or another, we have heard children say that their head hurts, but how serious is it? Before puberty, boys experience migraines more than girls. As the teenage years approach, migraines increase in girls. If a family member has a history of migraines, it may make children more prone to experiencing them too. If your child or teen is experiencing migraines, there are ways you may help.

Observe Signs/Symptoms of Migraines

Before a migraine occurs, you can notice the changes in your child’s behavior. These changes include:

  • Irritability
  • Food craving
  • Appetite loss
  • Mood swings
  • Tiredness
  • Yawning
  • Withdrawn attitude

If your child or teen is experiencing migraines, sensitivity to touch, light, or smell is prevalent too. Fortunately, your child or teen may qualify to participate in a clinical study for pediatric and adolescent patients at Pharmasite Research. Call us at 410-602-1440 to learn more!

Preventing Migraines

According to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, try out the following migraine prevention methods if your child or teen is experiencing migraines:

  • Journal your child’s headaches to identify the triggers.
  • Create a calendar and keep notes of the frequency of their headaches, medications taken, activities, consumption of food and beverages, sleep patterns, etc.
  • Eat regularly.
  • Sleep consistent hours.
  • Begin a regular exercise program.
  • Drink lots of water, especially when you’re exercising.
  • Avoid caffeine, or reduce the amount daily. Do not stop drinking it suddenly because it may trigger a migraine.
  • Learn to relax and practice various coping styles.

Try Journaling the Migraines

Sometimes, some teenagers have headaches triggered by specific foods, stress, menstrual cycles, and lack of sleep. Additionally, your child or teenager may practice some treatment or prevention techniques like sleep, relaxation, over-the-counter pain, and massage. Although there is no cure for migraines, you can assist your child or teen avoiding triggers to minimize their frequency.

Use this blog post to help you manage your child’s or teen’s headaches and migraines the next time they say their head hurts.

Enroll Today with Pharmasite Research

If you or someone you know has pediatric and adolescent migraine, it can be a huge hindrance to daily life, but there is always hope and help available. Seek professional help from a therapist who may recommend effective treatment options for you or a loved one. Pharmasite Research in Pikesville, MD, is enrolling individuals with pediatric and adolescent migraine for a clinical study. Learn more to see if you qualify! Contact us at 410-602-1440 and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest!