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When should I call 911 for my child's migraine?

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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.

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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