Common Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about migraine in children & what we do. 

Migraine is a neurological disorder. It can show in different forms, often with a moderate or severe headache. Many migraine patients also have symptoms of nausea or light sensitivity.

Unfortunately, yes. About 1 in 10 school-aged children have migraine. Often it is undiscovered because migraine presents differently in children than it does in adults. For children, the main symptoms often include stomach pain and nausea. If you are worried about your child’s symptoms, it is best to see your GP or a specialist.

Specialists recommend to keep a migraine or headache diary because it helps:

  1. Spot patterns and potential triggers
  2. Doctors to assess which strategies help
  3. Support the right diagnosis & treatment plan
  4. Your child to gain a sense of control 

For more information, check out our blog about migraine diaries

Psychological therapies (e.g. relaxation, hypnosis, coping skills training, biofeedback, and cognitive behavioural therapy) may help young people manage pain and its disabling consequences.

In a review of several studies, Fisher et al. found that “Psychological therapies delivered remotely (primarily via the Internet) were helpful at reducing pain for children and adolescents with headache.”

Cognitive behavioural therapy, also called CBT, is a talking therapy. CBT teaches you how emotions, thoughts, behaviours, and physical sensations are connected. 

There are a lot of different symptoms associated with migraine and it varies for every person. 

For children, common symptoms are:

  • nausea
  • abdominal pain
  • vomiting 
  • and head pain.
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