Thursday, March 17, 2011

Migraines not just for adults
Children who get migraines may have sleep disorders, motion sickness or general fussiness

Headaches are a common complaint throughout childhood, but pediatricians have recognized that children have many different types of headaches, including migraines. Migraine headaches are best diagnosed by obtaining a detailed history and then a thorough neurological exam.

There are several characteristics of childhood migraines that are quite different than adult migraines. While adult females have a higher incidence of migraine headaches, males predominate in the childhood population.

Childhood migraines often are shorter in duration than an adult migraine and are less often unilateral (one-sided) than in adults. Only 25 percent to 60 percent of children will describe a unilateral headache, while 75 percent to 90 percent of adults have unilateral pain.

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