Managing Migraines as a Kid

As an adult, your friends can relate to and likely sympathize with your health challenges.

As a kid, your friends don’t get it.

How can they?

Most likely they understand the sniffles and a tummy ache but not a chronic condition. They just know you can’t attend the slumber party.

Children can get migraines

And this is even more so when you’re talking about migraines. Adults even have a hard time understanding childhood migraines. They think migraines are only something adults with high stress experience. Sadly, some doctors even have this mindset.

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, half of all migraine sufferers have their first attack before the age of 12. They even go on to say that, “migraine has even been reported in children as young as 18 months. Recently, infant colic was found to be associated with childhood migraine and may even be an early form of migraine.”1

When childhoold migraines aren't diagnosed

It often goes undiagnosed in children.

Growing up as a kid with chronic debilitating migraines I can definitely relate.

I would feel it coming on as I sat in my second-grade classroom. I would try to ride it out until the pain was so bad I felt nauseous. At that point, I would get a pass to visit the nurse, try to sleep it off and as the pattern would go, the nurse often encouraged me to go back to the classroom after about 20 minutes. I would get about halfway down the hall to my classroom and would vomit. (The janitors loved me back in the day!) Back to the nurse’s office I went, my mom would get a call and before I knew it I was home in the dark tucked in bed.

The importance of supportive parents

Thankfully my parents never questioned the validity of my migraines. After all, I would get physically sick so frequently that I would become dehydrated and too weak to walk. That’s kind of a hard thing to fake. No child wants to be lying on the cool bathroom tile floor because they don’t have the energy to get back in bed when they could be out playing with their friends on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

This is what personally motivated me to get to the bottom of my migraines. I became more and more curious as to what was triggering my headaches. When I noticed a change in sleep patterns were a trigger, I fought less with my bedtime. When I noticed chocolate and nuts triggers migraines, they became less appealing.

It certainly didn’t happen at the flip of a switch, but it definitely set the foundation for me to see how foods affect my health.

It’s definitely hard as a kid, because you don’t want to feel left out from the chocolate birthday cake at the party or the peanut butter and jelly sandwich picnic lunch, but when you’re able to clearly see the connection, the motivation to choose better options increases significantly.

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