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Migraines are painful, throbbing headaches. They often start on one side of the head. They may cause nausea and vomiting and make your child sensitive to light, sound, or smell. Some children have only a few migraines throughout life. Others have them as often as several times a month.
You want to try to reduce the number of migraines your child has and relieve the symptoms. Even with treatment, your child may continue to have migraines. You play an important role in dealing with your child's headaches. Work on avoiding things that seem to trigger your child's migraines. When your child feels a headache coming on, act quickly to stop it before it gets worse.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Adaptation Date: 5/7/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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