Cincinnati Children's Blog

How to handle headaches and migraines in children

Roughly 10 percent of children ages 5 to 15 suffer from migraines, but migraine symptoms in children vary from symptoms in adults and can be more difficult to identify. Head pain, sensitivity to light and sound, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and sweating are all common symptoms of migraines in children.

Although there is a strong genetic link to migraines, environmental factors such as skipping meals or changes in sleep patterns that stress the hypersensitive nervous system into having a migraine can play a role too, said Andrew Hershey, MD, PhD, FAHS, director, Division of Neurology.

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