Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier
WebMD

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started
My Medicine
WebMD

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion
    WebMD

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community
    WebMD

    Community

    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

First Aid & Emergencies

Font Size
A
A
A

Treating Migraine Headaches in Children

Call 911 if:

  • You can't wake up the child.
  • The child has slurred speech, confusion, weakness in limbs, or trouble walking.
  • The headache is the worst the child's ever had.

  • You can't wake up the child.
  • The child has slurred speech, confusion, weakness in limbs, or trouble walking.
  • The headache is the worst the child's ever had.

1. Treat Symptoms

If migraines have already been diagnosed by your child's pediatrician, treat as follows. Any other headaches need to be evaluated by the doctor.

  • Apply cool compress to forehead.
  • Have the child take deep, calming breaths.
  • Have the child lie down in a cool, dark room.

2. When to Seek Medical Help

  • See a doctor if headache comes back, gets worse, or lasts more than 12 hours.
  • If your child's head was injured prior to the headache, see a doctor.
  • If you feel that your child is not looking well or are concerned, see your child's doctor.

3. Follow Up

If you seek medical help:

  • The doctor will do an exam and may recommend medications, stress reduction techniques, or lifestyle changes to help prevent future migraines.
  • For severe headache with stiff neck and other symptoms, the doctor will examine the child for meningitis or other serious illnesses.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on October 20, 2015

First Aid A-Z

  • There are no topics that begin with 'O'
  • There are no topics that begin with 'Q'
  • There are no topics that begin with 'U'
  • There are no topics that begin with 'X'
  • There are no topics that begin with 'Y'
  • There are no topics that begin with 'Z'

Today on WebMD

Antibiotic on hand
Slideshow
3d scan of fractured skull
Slideshow
 
Father putting ointment on boy's face
Slideshow
Person taking food from oven
Q&A
 
sniffling child
Slideshow
wound care true or false
Slideshow
 
caring for wounds
Slideshow
Harvest mite
Slideshow
 

Pollen counts, treatment tips, and more.

It's nothing to sneeze at.

Loading ...

Sending your email...

This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.

Thanks!

Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.

WebMD the app

Get first aid information. Whenever. Wherever... with your iPhone, iPad or Android.

Find Out More