Summer Migraines and Kids!

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  • Summer is usually filled with fun and relaxation for our children, but not for those who battle Migraine disease. Making it though the school year is tough enough for kids with Migraines, but add weather changes, such as humidity and rain, then add summer activities along with it, and a Migraine attacks may be harder to deal with. For more information on this, see Humidity and Precipitation May Trigger Children's Migraines and Headaches. Here are some steps my son and I take to deal with his Migraines during the summer. 


    Becoming educated about Migraine disease is extremely important for adults and their children, whether they have Migraine or not. For the Migraineur, knowing what type of Migraine we have can make a huge difference in our Migraine management. When we set a good example by learning about Migraine disease, it also allows us to get a good treatment plan when properly diagnosed and better care when we travel. Take a look at The Type of Migraine Does Matter.  My son will be seeing his doctor this summer, and we will be reviewing his Migraines. In fact, we'll be discussing trying Axert to abort them since it is now FDA approved for adolescents 12 -17 years old. For more on this, see Axert FDA Approved for Adolescents.

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    What other ways can we help our kids through the summer with Migraines? We can start by making sure they drink enough water and not get dehydrated. I think many of us forget to drink enough water during the day, and if we forget, I can assure you, our children are forgetting too. Dehydration is a possible Migraine trigger, but one that can be avoided. Maybe making a check list of daily water consumption and keeping it on the refrigerator, where everyone can see it, would be a good start. Once it becomes a habit, the checklist can come down. For more information on this, see Dehydration - An Avoidable Migraine Trigger.


    Oh, sleep. Sleep hygiene is so imperative for children with Migraine disease. Sometimes, I think we discount how important a regular sleeping pattern is. I know my teenage son would stay up all night and sleep half the day away if I allowed him. And this was a kid who would wake up and say "the sun is out, so I can't keep my eyes closed anymore, Mommy," even if that meant it was 5:30am. As difficult as it may be to keep a regular sleeping schedule, it really is important to wake up at the same time every morning and go to bed at the same time each evening, even on weekends and holidays. This is another Migraine trigger we can avoid. When you get a chance, take a look at this video with Dr. Krusz on Migraines and Sleep.


    Are our children eating three meals a day with a few snacks included? Skipping meals can be a big trigger for some Migraineurs. That means more thought and effort may be needed to go into feeding our children each day. But they will certainly be happier and may suffer fewer Migraines if we do. And if the kids are older, they can be responsible for getting their own meals, certainly breakfast and lunch.


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    Bottom line is we need to teach our children how to take care of themselves. But here's the thing, do we know how to take care of ourselves first? If not, we better get on it, don't you think? Here are some Tips for Avoiding Summer Migraines and Headaches that will be very helpful for you.


    Here's to feeling well!



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     Medical Review by John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD.



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    Last updated July 16, 2010
Published On: July 16, 2010