Does your child have Migraine? Between school, sports, music, church activities, and summer camp, our kids are frequently out of our immediate care. It is essential that we communicate our children’s special needs to all potential caregivers. The adults charged with caring for our children need to be informed.
Steps to advocate for your child
- Create a Migraine Management Action Plan and ask your child’s Migraine specialist to sign it. Make copies to share with all adults who care for your child.
- Help your child build a Migraine Attack Pack filled with comforting items that ease the discomfort of a Migraine attack while they wait for their abortive to stop it.
- Ask your pharmacist to split prescription medication into more than one container. This allows some of each medication to be stored at school, daycare, or other locations without risk of losing the entire supply. This also increases the likelihood that prescribed instructions will be followed.
- Have a frank discussion with non-custodial and step-parents to ensure that all parental adults understand your child’s Migraine needs and are working together.
- Consider requesting your child be evaluated for special education services at school. 504 Plans and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are often necessary for students with Migraine.
- Educate yourself about pediatric Migraine. Kids are not miniature adults. The treatments they need are often different from those for adults with Migraine.
- Teach your child about Migraine. Raising a child with Migraine requires you to encourage personal responsibility and independent disease management that is age-appropriate. Even very young children can learn to ask for help when they sense a Migraine attack starting. By elementary school, children can understand the concept of triggers. Teens can be taught to take proactive measures such as trigger avoidance, adequate sleep, hydration, exercise, meditation, and healthy eating habits.
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Headache disorders counselor and advocate Tammy Rome maintains a private practice specializing in treating clients with Migraine and other headache disorders. She also volunteers as vice chair of the American Headache and Migraine Association and as president of The Cluster Headache Support Group. You can read more of Tammy’s work on her website and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.