Migraines are a neurological disease, with symptoms that can include head pain, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to light, abdominal pain and mood changes. Childhood and adolescent migraines usually don’t occur as often as with adults, but they are no less serious.

How do you recognize migraines in children?

Migraines often go undiagnosed in children. Often, the head pain may be overshadowed by other symptoms, such as unexplained nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain or dizziness. Often parents are able to observe indicators of migraines before they start, such as behavior, loss of ability, lethargy, mood swings or sensitivity to light.

What is triggers a migraine?

There are several triggers for children. Inadequate or altered sleep, skipping meals, stress, bright lights, loud noises, strong odors and hormone shifts are all known catalysts