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Migraine- symptoms in young children

Resource type: Frequently Asked Questions  —  Date posted: March 15th, 2012   Number of views: 1333

What are the symptoms of Migraine in young children?

  • Preschool children with migraine may look ill with abdominal pain and vomiting relieved by sleep.
  • Preschool children may exhibit pain with changes in behaviour (irritability, crying, seeking out a darkened room).
  • 5-10 year-olds often have bilateral pain with abdominal cramps and vomiting. They usually sleep within an hour of onset.
  • Location and intensity of headache may alter within and between attacks.
  • Intensity and duration of headache increase with age and become more usually unilateral.
  • A family history is common in migraine patients.

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