my son just went to the ER for having a really bad headache they think its maybe migranes, any have

Cheryl - posted on 03/10/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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children, with migranes is low but not uncommon ?? I have read ,anyone expreience this before with children and if so what do you do for comfort?

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Ellen - posted on 04/03/2010

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This may not be comforting but something to be aware of nevertheless. My neighbor's daughter was age 14 and started experiencing migranes. This probably lasted for several months with vomiting as well. The doctors prescribed medication but none ever did an MRI which would have probably revealed the brain aneurysm that she died from one evening. She was a beautiful child but unfortunately the doctors blamed her headaches on hormonal changes since she was at that age. If your daughter is experiencing the same thing please be their advocate and fight for whatever tests they need to find the source of the problem.

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Rhonda - posted on 04/04/2010

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Migraines are hereditary in my family. I use and give my sons Motrin. Usually I work thru them but sleep and a warm cloth help me. My boys just use Motrin and sleep.

Eniko - posted on 04/02/2010

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Hello Cheryl!
Migraines are hereditary. My Mother had them, I have them and my son has them. It takes some time, but it is worth to find the triggers. Everybody is different, so they react to different things. Stress is a big factor, also the weather changes, food are triggers too. My son is almost 7 and he started having migraines about 2 years ago. Cool cloth on his forehead when he is at school, or at home I have the soft gel packs I keep in the freezer and children's Tylenol usually works along with some fruit juice. Massage helps a lot. So far for him I found a few triggers that bring the migraines: weather changing to rain, stressful days, not eating at the usual times. Hope this helps.

Adrienne - posted on 04/01/2010

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i grew up with migraines as a child and my kids are starting to have them now as well. after talking to their doctor, we started eliminating certain foods from their diet (stuff with lots of nitrates and nitrites...hot dogs, cold cuts, etc.) and they seem to be doing better.

Jessica - posted on 04/01/2010

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My brother had migraines (accompanied by vomiting) when he was a kid, but grew out of it. The doctor told us to always have Tylenol with CODEINE on hand (ask your doc for kids version). As soon as my brother felt a headache coming on (sometimes they feel dizzy, or have vision problems, depending on the kid) he would take a dose, and go to sleep in a dark room. If he was at school, he would take a dose (he always carried some in his bag) and call someone to bring him home. This helped sooooooo much! He usually slept through the whole thing, and woke up fine :)

Claire - posted on 03/31/2010

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i suffer with migraines ever since we had a car accident one night i had a really bad one my hubby thought i was having a stroke and we went to the doctors and he told me it is caused by the blood vessels in the brain going into spasm which affects either side of the body ie right side controls the left side and vice versa i now take migraleve pink tablets when i feel one coming on and also go to sleep for a few hours which helps. ps neither one of our sons suffer with migraines hope this helps

Melissa - posted on 03/31/2010

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I am so glad you started this thread Cheryl! My son is now almost 6 and has been dealing with headaches (along with vomiting) since he was about 3. I had never heard of someone that young having headaches. I mentioned it to the pediatrician several times and it was not until a trip to the ER that the doctor suggested it could be CVS. Now that he is older and he tells me he is getting a headache, I give him Tylenol or Motrin right away and if we treat it soon enough, he does not vomit. I still haven't figured out what triggers it, but I have noticed it is worse in the spring/summer months. He has been checked for allergies, so I know that it is not allergy related.

Linda - posted on 03/29/2010

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My son is now 9 and he started to get migraines at the age of 4. It was related to sinus problems he had. We moved to Australia a year ago and since then he only got migraine twice. I would let him go to bed and give him something for pain and make sure to keep he's sinuses open. If the megraine goes on for to long I make a doctor's app just for incase it is something else. I'm always scared for meningitus because I had it 2 years ago and mistaked it for migraine.

Krissie - posted on 03/29/2010

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I've heard of several people lately that have severe headaches and they are finding that a lot of them are caused by having a hold in their heart. Once the hole is fixed (it's a pretty standard procedure), their headaches go away. If you are interested in learning more, look up Sherman Sorenson cardiologist in Utah and read about him and his surgeries.

Amanda - posted on 03/29/2010

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my 7 year old was experiencing that as well...I was finding that it came more when he was very physical..like sports, outside playing...now when we do these things I give him some some childrens advil 30 minutes before and a protein snack (something with lots of peanut butter, like granola bar with peanut butter, or celery with peanut butter on it) and they are not as big of an issue now...he was having them a couple times a week and now it is only a couple times a month if that...but if it does get really bad when he gets them we have a prescription that we got to help that is just a stronger med than advil for him..good luck hope these help!

Angela - posted on 03/29/2010

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My son has been having migraines for about a year now. He is 9 years old. They are brought on mainly by stress. He has the unfortunate advantage of a family history of myself, aunt, uncle, grandmother both sides that have migraines. We are not doing any preventative medicine because he has them maybe one or two a month. His symptoms are pain on one side, sensitive to light, very grumpy and tired and neck pain. Going to bed and Tylenol is what we do right now. Sorry to hear that this is happening. I have lived with them for most of my life and it is all about learning the triggers and monitoring your body. Food plays a big one for me as well as lack of sleep. Feel free to contact me if you want to chat some more.

Amy - posted on 03/28/2010

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I started getting migraines when I was 7. It's not as uncommon as you might think.

Alicia - posted on 03/28/2010

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Cheryl, my daughter is 8 and gets headaches alot, some of them have turned into migraines. She knows what they feel like and now does what I say w/o fighting me cuz she feels so bad. If she is at school she goes to the nurse...no questions both teacher and nurses know what to do. If she is at home she goes straight to bed, cool cloth on her eyes & face to make everything really dark and if it is REAL bad (vomiting included) we turn on classical, she likes Vivaldi, really soft because it can be soothing and quiet that gives her something else to concentrate on and hear that will kind of move her mind from the pain to the music. Everyone is different too just takes finding what works for him.

Good luck, they are no fun and remember migrains are passed down from gen to gen. My mom has them, I get them and now my daughter gets them. Good luck again to you

Mary - posted on 03/26/2010

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Cheryl,
My son was have bad headaches for about 2 weeks- in the nurses office 6x in the past 2 weeks. I finally took him in after he started throwing up from them. He is now being treated for a sinus infection. It might be worth checking out. He didn't have any symptoms accept the headaches. I hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2010

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We think my son had a migraine one time, when he was about a year and a half old. He woke up in the morning and would not get up. I picked him up and he put his head on my shoulder and would not lift it. When I tried to stand him up, he walked to the couch and laid his head on it. We brought him to the doctor immediately, it was scary! He still would not lift his head at the doctors, and when the doctor took him from me and stood him up, he walked over and laid his head on a chair. They did alot of bloodwork, including meningitis, but everything was normal, so they figured he just had a really bad headache, and after a little while, he went back to normal, and it never happened again (thank God!) So hopefully, it won't happen to your son again!

Heidi - posted on 03/25/2010

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My son gets migrains as well. I usually give him Tylonal and if doens't get sick I usually will lay down with him and have him take a nap in a dark room. I will also give him small sips of water or some type of fluid. I remember getting them myself when I was younger so I remember my mother takiong me to get my eyes cheched. It could be the glare from a TV or a computer screen. Try that too.

Rachel - posted on 03/25/2010

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My daughter started getting migraines when she was in kindergarden. If she told us right away, we would let her drink a glass of a caffeinated beverage. Since she does not usually get caffeine, this would help. If she didn't tell us until it was really bad, a little ibuprofen and rest usually did the trick. She saw a pediatric neurologist and they recommended her being put on a preventative medication, but we chose not to do this because they can be really addictive, even in young children.

Lynette - posted on 03/25/2010

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My daughter is 7 yrs old. She has had migranes since she was 3 yrs old. Try wearing sunglasses, plenty of water, shade cloth over car window wear they sit. No loud noises.
Have panadol and has a sleep. If she gets them at school bad I get them let herrest in a quiet spot for awhile and if its still there I go and pick her up from school.

Kelli - posted on 03/24/2010

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My 5 yr old gets migraines, throwing up seems to help them go away quicker (I get migraines and I think it helps also. We make sure he wears a ballcap or sunglass out side because to much light can get it going. This also helps me, also a cool shower helps me. My son will just lay around and do nothing. Also, certains smells and foods can trigger them. My son has a wheat allergy and if he has any wheat he complains his head hurts. His doctor told me that there is a children's migraine medicine out. She did some research and could not find a dosage small enough for my son. (He is small for his age), but ask his regular Dr. Also, not enough fluids can cause migraines so make sure that when one comes on, water is given it works best.

Heidi - posted on 03/24/2010

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i had migranes myself as a child. they were painful. I remember my mom putting a cool cloth over my eyes and forehead and dosing me with motrin for the pain. It actually turned out that my painful migranes were being caused by my bad eyesight! they eased and eventually stopped after I got glasses.... mabey try checking your childs eyes. That may be the root of the problem... good luck with your son.

April - posted on 03/24/2010

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when my now 7yr old was getting migranes i was stumped to wondering why on earth he was getting them he wouldn't get sick the sun or lights wouldn't hurt his eyes or nothing one time he did burn up with one migrane he had and i undressed him put a cool cloth on his head let him shiver for a couple of mins then wrapped him in a warm blankey. that helped medicine always helped to but i took him to a peditrican and we couldn't figure out what was causing them i finally figured it out if he doesn't eat at certain times of day like if were out and we can't get lunch at the usual time or supper at the usual time he will get a headache if i don't give him medicine right away it will turn into a migrane

Leah - posted on 03/24/2010

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Hi Cheryl,
My partner had severe migraines as a child and through into the teenage years, and his sister now gets them as well. His Mum was terrifc apparently, he told me some of the things she used to do. He looked for warmth, so hugs and soft toys and one of those pj bags ( the cool ones that look like stuffed animals) with a heat pack inside it, but she would always put a cool ( not cold) compress on his head. He still gets them occassionally and we put him in a darl room and stay close in case he is sick. If it is night time, I will lay down with him and just hug him so he knows I am about.
His mum used to use an aromatherapy oil as well - usually peppermint or lavendar because they are supposed to help, but if you try that one, make sure you use it while he is well first in case it actually triggers a migraine. That is a big help if it works but it is definately not for everyone.
Sleep is the very best method of dealing with a migraine and the longer they sleep the better. I hope you can find something and that something someone mentions works for you. Best of luck

Cheryl - posted on 03/23/2010

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wow thank you so it is comon wow, i have tried those ideas so thank you for writing me back , keep me posted on your daughter that cvs sounds like him also thanks again ps how old is your daughter? my son is 7

Tiffany - posted on 03/11/2010

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Hey Cheryl,

My daughter Miyah would often complain of headaches and after the headaches would come with bouts of throwing up. After a few times of this I decided to make a doctors appt. Come to find out she had this thing called Cyclical Vomitting Syndrome or CVS. He said that she would grow out of the throwing up but may have migranes as a teenager into adulthood. I had them myself growing up but don't anymore. She is no longer throwing up but she still gets the headaches/migranes occasionally. Sometimes I keep her out of school and make sure to avoid as much light as possible. Light doesn't help. Hugging her and rubbing her head sometimes helps or putting a cold towel on her head does too. Try different things. Those are the things that seem to work for us. Hope this is some kind of help.

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