Nurse Brittni Talks About Adolescent Migraines

What Are Adolescent Migraines?

Adolescent Migraines are a complicated neurological disease that can be different from the adult migraine only due to age.  It is estimated 70% of school-aged children experience a headache at least once a year, with about 10% having migraines.  Half of all migraine sufferers experience their first attack before age 12.  Prior to puberty, boys actually suffer more than girls.  Many parents ask if children will grow out of the condition.  Studies have shown 4 out of 10 migraine sufferers improve by age 22 and a quarter outgrow the condition completely, however it all starts with managing childhood and adolescent migraines effectively.

What should parents look for?

With Adolescent Migraines, the pain affects the whole head, attacks tend to be shorter in length, and come on very suddenly.  Children may continue to feel sick after head pain has resolved.  Sometimes, children will experience nausea and/or vomiting, but no head pain at all.  Children may develop anticipatory anxiety and worry that their next attack may prevent them from playing in a sporting event, going to a dance, or hanging out with friends.  The first step to addressing Adolescent Migraines is identifying triggers.  Unfortunately, it’s estimated that children with 1 parent with a migraine also have a 50% chance of developing migraines and those with both parents having migraine have a 75% chance. So if either parent has migraine, you can be a huge support in helping the child to find effective ways to manage their pain.  Common triggers include sleep problems: too much, too little, and irregular sleep patterns.   Dietary triggers such as dehydration, certain food triggers, missing meals, or eating sugary snacks.  Stress can also be considered a significant trigger for children dealing with social issues, family problems, and academic achievement.  Environmental triggers can be things such as bright lights, changes in weather, and exposure to computers, TV screens, and phones. Lastly, triggers can also include other health conditions such as a cold, stomach flu, or for females, their monthly period.

What is Clinvest’s role?

Clinvest is a link in the chain that allows your child to receive new medical options.  In order for a drug to make it to market and allow a doctor to prescribe it, the drug must run through a series of testing. By the time Clinvest begins studying a drug, it has been through initial safety testing in humans.  Here at Clinvest, we run clinical trials which give pharmaceutical companies data to present to the FDA for approval of their drug.  Without clinical trial research, healthcare cannot advance and develop new treatments for conditions such as Adolescent Migraines.  We at Clinvest are simply a small link in developing new horizons in health, and we love providing hope for kids who suffer from migraines.

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