Health Tip: Help Prevent Childhood Migraines

Have the youngster learn to avoid triggers

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(HealthDay News) -- Adults aren't the only ones affected by the often disabling pain of a migraine. Many children and teens also are prone to the intense pounding, occasional nausea and "aura" that warns some migraine sufferers.

While there's no sure way to prevent a migraine, the American Academy of Family Physicians says there are certain things that your child can do that may help:

  • Eat regularly and don't skip any meals.
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule.
  • Get frequent and consistent exercise.
  • Recognize what triggers migraines (examples may include stress or overexertion) and try to avoid those triggers.
  • Identify any foods that may trigger a migraine. Common examples are chocolate, caffeine, cheese and processed meats.
  • Talk to your child's pediatrician about medication if migraines can't be controlled by other methods.

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