We often associate migraine headaches with adulthood (even though they’re actually the most common acute headache in kids), from the stresses of work and life. Also, unlike adults, children will probably not turn to you and say, “I really have a bad migraine headache!” That being said, the way children react to a splitting headache can include some telltale symptoms where no actual words are needed for a diagnosis.
Some of the signs of migraines in younger children can mimic symptoms of other problems, while some others can be unique to a migraine. In recognition of National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month in June, here are six behaviors and signs to watch for to determine if your child is suffering from migraines…
1. Sudden Illness
Your child may seem perfectly fine one moment, and be holding their gut or vomiting the next. This could be a sign of onset of a migraine headache, notes emedicinehealth.com. “These often incapacitating experiences are noteworthy for their sudden onset and accompanying symptoms of nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and relief by sleep,” notes the source.
Your child may complain of feeling sick out of the blue, even if it doesn’t seem to be related to something they just ate, or a fever. This is often accompanied by some other symptoms, which we’ll go over.