1/21/08 #6 - Five-year-old with Migraines 3 - 4 days a week?

Ask the Clinician Health Guide January 21, 2008
  • Full Question:
    I My 5 year old daughter has been suffering with migraines for the past two years. We have been giving her Motrin/Ibuprofen for them only. Can you suggest some other treatment(s) for her or ways to manage her
    migraines? She is having the headaches on average of 3 to 4 times per week for a period of 2 to 3 weeks then will have a break from 1 to 8 weeks before they happen again. Nicola.

     

     

    Answer:

     

    Dear Nicola;

     

    Keeping a Migraine diary for your daughter could prove quite helpful to you and your doctor in determining her triggers and any other patterns. Make extra notes about what she does on days she gets a Migraine, what foods she ate, if there were changes in the weather on those days.

     

    Be careful of the ibuprofen. When given more than two or three days a week, it can actually cause other headaches called medication overuse headaches or rebound.

     

    Your daughter's Migraines are frequent enough to consider a daily medication to prevent them. With children her age, propranolol and periactin are often considered. If her doctor can't help you with this, consider consulting a pediatric Migraine specialist. There's a link below to our directory of recommended specialists.

     

    Good-luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

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    Last updated January 21, 2008.

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