As much as 46% of the adult population around the world is afflicted by migraines. It has been estimated that 60% of children suffer from headaches on occasion, while up to 10% of kids have headaches that are chronic and persistent in nature. Out of the children that are over age 11, up to 23% may have migraines. This is a real concern for parents and caregivers.
No matter what the age involved, treatments for migraines are varied and do not work for everyone. Some suggestions include changes to a person’s diet, heavy medication, relaxation techniques, and even surgery. However, each migraine is as different as the person coping with it, and each person responds differently. Helping children with migraines is especially hard due to fluctuating hormone levels, growth spurts, and their inability to express exactly what they are feeling.
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A new drug has become available as a treatment for children called sumatriptan. It is the same drug that adults take. However, it has been cut back considerably for children. It is designed to increase the amount of blood that flows to the brain. The results? It has proven to be only slightly more effective than placebos in studies. It also comes with dangerous side effects, such as:
- Heart attack
- Bleeding in the stomach and intestines
Are There Any Natural Ways to Care for Migraines?
Parents want the best for their children without putting them at further risk. One area of care that is seeing success in helping children and adults alleviate migraine pain is that of upper cervicalchiropractic. At Providence Chiropractic, we focus attention on the C1 (atlas bone,) the top bone of the neck. Often if this bone is even slightly out of place, it can be the root cause of migraine headaches. A misalignment here affects the flow of blood to and from the brain. This is one reason for migraines. By realigning this bone, many have seen a decrease in their migraines and headaches. Some report that they have gone away completely. Children often feel and act better overall.