Headaches in children: featured symptoms of migraine

Migraine headaches often start in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood.Migraine symptoms in children are similar to those of adults.

Early recognition of migraine to help your children a healthy life


Firstly, you should realize the onset of  migraine symptoms including:

  • Sudden, severe headache that is different from your usual pain
  • Morning headaches
  • Headaches associated with nausea
  • Progressively worsening headaches
  • Fevers along with a stiff neck
  • Loss of vision that persists for several hours or outlasts the headache
  • Pain following a head injury
  • Convulsions, or a change in mental awareness

Then you should be aware of some fe

atured symptoms of 4 stages of migraine — prodrome, aura, attack and postdrome . However, it not at all time that your children got not all the stages.


One or two days before a migraine, you might realize subtle changes that may signify an onset of migraine, including:

  • irritability,
  • joy or sadness,
  • talkativeness or social withdrawal,
  • increased or decreased appetite,
  • food craving or anorexia (lack of appetite, distaste for food),
  • water retention, and/or
  • sleep disturbances.

There are two kinds: migraine without aura and with aura. The first kind is most experienced. Auras are usually visual but can also be sensory, motor or verbal disturbances. Each of these symptoms typically begins gradually, builds up over several minutes, then commonly lasts for 10 to 30 minutes. Examples of aura consist of:

  • Visual phenomena, such as seeing various shapes, bright spots or flashes of light
  • Vision loss
  • Pins and needles sensations in an arm or leg
  • Speech or language problems

Less commonly, an aura may be associated with aphasia or limb weakness (hemiplegic migraine).


Without treatment, a migraine typically happens from four to 72 hours, but the frequency with which headaches occur varies from person to person. Migraines may occur several times a month or much less frequently. During a migraine, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Pain on one side of your head
  • Pain that has a pulsating, throbbing quality
  • Sensitivity to light, sounds and sometimes smells
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Diarrhea
  • Lightheadedness, sometimes followed by fainting

The final stage — known as postdrome — occurs after a migraine attack, when you may feel drained and washed out, though some people report feeling mildly euphoric.

Early recognition of migraine risk factors, timely diagnosis of the symptoms may help a child adopt a healthy lifestyle.

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