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6 Parenting Tips for When You Have a Migraine

Strategies to help parents who get migraines.

5. Find support. continued...

"Choose someone who is really reliable, has some flexibility, and has a connection with your kid," says Terri Miller Burchfield, a mom in Washington, D.C. and co-founder of MAGNUM: The National Migraine Association. In her own case, Burchfield talked with her daughter's nanny so she understood what to do. "If I came home from work with a migraine, she could stay later than usual and keep my daughter occupied," Burchfield says.

Biggs found that she can rely on her friends to help when her migraines are at their worst. "It's important to have people you can call for back-up and they know what to do," she says.

When Biggs returned from a hospital visit and was groggy from her migraine medication, for example, her friends came over to make dinner for her children. Another time, a friend took her children to the movies when she had a migraine. "Over time, I've been amazed by how many people were willing to help me when I just asked," she says.  

6. Explore all your migraine treatment options.

If you don't feel like your current medication or other migraine treatments are easing your symptoms, don't give up on exploring other options. "If you can find the right physician and get on the right medication, it's often possible to significantly improve your quality of life," Halpern says.

Tippet also believes you should stay optimistic that your migraine symptoms can improve once you've found the right treatments. "Learn about all your options and find out what works for you," he says. "It will make life better for you and your children."

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Reviewed on February 12, 2012

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