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How are migraines in kids treated?

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  • For some kids, sleep is enough to make a migraine go away. Let your child rest in a dark, quiet room. Putting a cool compress on their forehead or across their eyes may help. Your doctor may suggest medicine. It might include: Pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Special migraine drugs called triptans
  • Medicines to help with vomiting and nausea
  • Drugs to prevent migraines, if they happen a lot

You may also want to talk to the doctor about teaching your child relaxation techniques. If he can learn how to breathe deeply or relax his muscles, it may help ease his pain.

From: Your Child and Migraine WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Migraines: What a Pain."

National Headache Foundation: "Children's Headache Disorders."

Cleveland Clinic: "Migraines in Children."

The Migraine Trust: "Guide for parents and carers."

Mount Nittany Health: "When Your Child Has Migraine Headaches."

Women's and Children's Health Network: "Migraine: A really bad headache."

Reviewed by Lawrence C. Newman on January 19, 2018

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Migraines: What a Pain."

National Headache Foundation: "Children's Headache Disorders."

Cleveland Clinic: "Migraines in Children."

The Migraine Trust: "Guide for parents and carers."

Mount Nittany Health: "When Your Child Has Migraine Headaches."

Women's and Children's Health Network: "Migraine: A really bad headache."

Reviewed by Lawrence C. Newman on January 19, 2018

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