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Migraines are a cause for concern among upper cervical chiropractors in Boise, Idaho. A recurring type of headache, a migraine displays moderate to severe pain on one side of the head. It is a complicated neurological condition that brings about other symptoms in addition to a throbbing and pounding headache.
Migraine Facts and Its Symptoms
People with migraines may experience some or all of these symptoms when attacks occur:
Children often experience only a few or short attacks of migraines. However, they can be just as disabling and may impact their quality of life.
Migraines can affect children as young as 18 months old. Whenever a child or kid in your life shows signs and symptoms of migraines, you should not ignore it.
Genetics and environmental factors play a significant role in causing disabling symptoms of migraines. A child may acquire migraines if one or both his parents have it as well.
How Migraines Affect Kids and Teenagers
The signs and symptoms of migraine vary in every child or teenager. For the youth who are suffering from this neurological condition, it can be disabling. Because of migraines, children may develop anxiety and can be inactive in sports. They may also miss classes and social events in school or fail to join weekend activities with family and peers of their age.
Chronic migraines are much worse form of this condition. Kids who have it experience more than 15 headache days each month over a three-month period. Doctors say attacks of chronic migraines can last for more than 4 hours, and it can happen consecutively within three months.
Here are some symptoms to watch out for in children or anyone who is suffering from chronic migraines:
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Signs to Look for Before Migraines Begin
Parents may notice the following in their kids before a migraine attack begins:
Children may experience migraines following exposure to certain triggers. This includes changes in sleep patterns, skipped meals, stress, sudden weather change, too much light exposure, loud noises, strong odors, and hormonal fluctuations.
Diagnosis of Migraines in Children
Most of the time, migraines on kids and teenagers are undiagnosed. Health care professionals conduct physical examinations, diagnostic tests on blood, lumbar puncture, and neuroimaging or MRI to confirm migraines in children.
Here are the questions that doctors ask children or the parents to diagnose migraines properly:
Migraine Management and Care
If a child experiences chronic or severe migraine attacks, the parents should seek medical help from a family doctor or health care provider. Management of migraine pain begins with changes in the child’s behavior, habits, and lifestyle. Proper medication can also help.
Here are some of the common and effective ways to manage and care for migraines:
Upper Cervical Chiropractors in Boise May Help
Parents should not ignore if their kid experiences signs and symptoms of migraines. Scheduling a therapy with an upper cervical chiropractor can help minimize your child’s migraine attacks. These professionals can offer upper cervical chiropractic care, a natural therapy which can help reduce episodes and severity of migraine symptoms.
This form of care focuses on the critical part of the nervous system, the atlas. This bone can misalign easily due to a trip and fall, sports injury, or simply a child’s roughhousing. A misalignment of the atlas can be causing migraines to occur in your child. We can help by adjusting the bone of the upper cervical spine and positioning it correctly.
The corrections are safe for children and adults alike as it does not involve loud cracking of the neck or spine. Once this bone is back in alignment, an improvement in migraines would follow.
Visit our practice at Upper Cervical Health Centers in Boise, Idaho or call 208-559-0541 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Grayson Blom. We advise that you share with us a detailed history of your child’s migraines, including his or her symptoms, so we can provide customized care for his or her health.
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