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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

Our nationally recognized clinic helps children and adolescents with chronic, debilitating head pain, headaches and migraines. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

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