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How do doctors diagnose migraines in kids?

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  • It can help your doctor figure out what's happening if you keep a headache diary of your child's migraines. Keep track of: When your child has migraines, including what time of day
  • How long they last
  • Where the pain is
  • How bad the pain is
  • Other symptoms
  • Triggers or warning signs that you or your child noticed before the migraine hit
  • Anything that made the migraines better or worse Your child's doctor can use the diary to learn more about the migraines and their triggers. This may help him find the best treatment. You'll probably get questions about symptoms and any other health problems your kid has. Your child's doctor will probably also ask if anyone else in your family has migraines.

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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