Migraines in children are a very common occurrence, but sometimes even the child doesn’t know that a migraine is what they are experiencing. Much more than a headache, migraines can affect every part of one’s life, making it difficult to focus on school, socialize with their peers or just have good quality day-to-day living. When it comes to caring for children who are experiencing migraines, there are key things you should know to help identify and treat them.
Nearly 10 percent of all school-age children get migraines. Boys are more susceptible before puberty and after puberty, girls are more likely to get them. Migraines run in families and are sometimes not even associated with head pain. Children may instead experience symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to light or dizziness. Heightened sensitivity touch, smell or sound, loss of appetite and even increased irritability and mood swings are all signs of a migraine.
So what triggers a migraine attack? While we do not know the exact cause of migraines, there are many different known triggers and they vary by child. Some of the more common migraine triggers are too little sleep, missed meals, dehydration, stress, loud noises; changes in the weather can even trigger an attack.
When caring for children with migraines, as with any other condition, early care is the key. Children who suffer from migraines are more prone to developing other health problems such as depression, anxiety and sleep disorders so it is imperative that the migraines are treated as early as possible.
There are several effective treatment options available today for children, and adults, who suffer from migraine and the care plan does not have to rely on traditional drug therapies. There has been much success using cognitive behavioral therapy to treat and prevent migraines. The use of Chiropractic Neurology is also a safe, effective and fast-acting treatment plan for migraine sufferers. Brain-based therapy, Chiropractic Neurology seeks to uncover the root of the problem, rather than just treat the symptoms. By using a functional therapy approach and taking the time to thoroughly evaluate the patients’ needs, your Chiropractic Neurologist is perfectly suited to develop a treatment plan that finds the root of the problem and restores optimal health. Many patients who have tried traditional drug therapies, yet continue to suffer with chronic conditions including migraines, have found the solution they were searching for in Chiropractic Neurology.
If you or a loved one has been experiencing migraine pain and you would like to know more about how Chiropractic Neurology can help you, please contact Dr. Marc Ellis today at the Georgia Chiropractic Neurology Center. And please browse our site for additional information on the conditions that we treat.