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What is the follow-up treatment for my child's migraine?

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If you seek medical help for your child's migraine, here's what to expect from the treatment: 

• 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.

SOURCES:

HealthyChildren: "Headache."

HealthyChildren: "Meningitis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Migraines in Children and Adolescents."

American Headache Society: "Headaches in Children."

American Headache Society: "Headaches in Kids: What Parents Can Do."

KidsHealth: "Headache."

Migraine Headache in Children Information from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 19, 2019

SOURCES:

HealthyChildren: "Headache."

HealthyChildren: "Meningitis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Migraines in Children and Adolescents."

American Headache Society: "Headaches in Children."

American Headache Society: "Headaches in Kids: What Parents Can Do."

KidsHealth: "Headache."

Migraine Headache in Children Information from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 19, 2019

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