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Pediatric Migraines

Key Points About Migraine Headaches in Children

  • A migraine is a severe, throbbing type of headache.
  • Nausea and vomiting, lightheadedness, sensitivity to light (photophobia), and other visual disturbances are common migraine symptoms.
  • A migraine headache may last from 4 to 72 hours.
  • Preventing a migraine headache is often the most helpful approach for treatment.
  • Migraine headaches can have a predictable pattern. It can help you notice and treat them appropriately.
  • Many people have an aura before a migraine. Treatment may help at that time.
  • Managing stress and getting regular exercise may help prevent or lessen the occurrence of migraine headaches.


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Headache and Migraine Treatment at Children's National Hospital

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