Posted by: Elsabe | 2004/01/12

Abdominal Migraine

My son suffers from abdominal migraine, what can I do to help him during an attack and what medicine could he use? He is 5 years old.

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Elsabe, migraine is very difficult to treat in a small child. The best would be to see a paediatric neurologist and see if he can’t help. You can also try to identify the trigger factors and avoid them. Trigger factors differ from person to person, but here are some of the common ones:
1. Foods:
-aged cheeses (cheddar, Brie, Stilton)
-foods with nitrates (luncheon meats, bacon, sausages, hot dogs, salami)
-MSG (found in Chinese food, packaged soups and stews, gravy mixes, and meat tenderizers)
2. Post-stress: You may think that stress causes migraines, but often the opposite is true. Migraines are more common when stress is over, at times such as vacations or on weekends.
3. Medications: Some drugs may trigger a migraine.
4. Environmental changes: In some patients, a drop in barometric pressure may trigger an attack, as may high temperatures, humidity, or rain. Bright lights, loud noises, smoke, fumes, strong odors, or changes in altitude may also be triggers.
5. Skipping meals: This lowers your body's blood sugar, which may trigger migraines.
6. Changes in sleep patterns: Too much sleep (or too little) has been associated with migraine.
Hope this helps. Good luck.

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