Can eating certain foods cause my son's Migraines?

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    My son is 14 years old, and suffers migraines at least 4 times a week Can his eating certain foods cause the migraines? If so, what is a good diet to have, or what food is not good for him to have? Elizabeth.


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    Dear Elizabeth;


    Yes, it's possible that certain foods are triggering your son's Migraines. Some people find that certain foods do, and some people find that they don't.


    The best way to identify food triggers is by doing an elimination diet. You would eliminate a list of possible trigger foods from his diet for a few days, then add them back in, one at a time. It's important to keep in mind that Migraines triggered by foods don't always occur immediately. They can occur up to 48 hours later. For more information and a free downloadable workbook on this, see Managing Migraine - Migraine Trigger Foods.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: March 13, 2013