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Migraines are severe, throbbing headaches that usually occur on one side of the head, but they can move from side to side or affect both sides. They often occur with nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light, noise, and smells. Changes in vision such as flashing lights or dark spots may happen before the headache.
Kids get migraine headaches too. Migraine headaches often run in families. Migraine headaches can be caused—or "triggered"—by a variety of things, including certain foods (chocolate, cheese, fast food) or odours, smoke, bright light, stress, dehydration, hunger, or lack of sleep.
Without treatment, your child's migraine headache can last 4 to 72 hours. For most children, migraine headaches return from time to time. Home treatment can help reduce how often and how uncomfortable the migraine headaches are.
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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Current as of: June 3, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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