Migraines are a neurological condition that frequently is misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed in children. This is because young kids often lack the vocabulary to describe what is happening accurately. Also, for children, the headache is not always the worst symptom. They may be accompanied by severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting (with no other explanation), dizziness, or visual disturbances. What can you look for to know if your child’s headaches are actually migraines?
Recognizing Migraines in Kids
Parents may be able to identify the onset of migraines in their children by observing various changes in behavior. For example, a child who is about to have an episode may experience:
- Food cravings
- Loss of appetite
- Mood swings
- Becoming withdrawn
- Sensory sensitivity
- Motion sickness (with no other explanation)
Other Factors to Consider
Migraines are very common in children with about 5% of younger kids and 10% of adolescents dealing with them. Younger boys often experience more migraines than girls, but once puberty hits, the number of girls with the condition dramatically increases, leading to three times as many adult women as men dealing with this condition. Also, a predisposition toward migraines may run in families. About 90% of kids diagnosed with migraines have another family member coping with them as well.
As a parent, you may want to find drug-free relief for your children. However, is there natural help for patients of all ages?
Finding Natural Relief from Migraines
Many are finding relief from migraines through upper cervical chiropractic care. These gentle adjustments are designed to be long-lasting. In addition, they give the body time to heal from brainstem pressure and cerebral blood flow issues that can be caused by upper cervical misalignments and may result in migraines.
Because precise measurements are taking using diagnostic imaging, very little force is used in the corrections. So, this makes upper cervical care safe for children, the elderly, and everyone in between. To learn more about how upper cervical care can help minimize attacks of the condition, find a practitioner near you.