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How can I treat my child's migraine?

Expert:   Lawrence C. Newman, MD, Director, The Headache Institute, Roosevelt Hospital Center »

A child sidelined by a migraine is missing out on school, playtime and extracurricular activities. So how do you get them up and at 'em, fast? Check out this video to learn all about treating migraines in children.

Transcript: When your child has a migraine, you want to get him or her BACK INTO life as quickly as possible. That's why I recommend that at the first sign of an attack you give your child a simple over-the-counter analgesic, such as acetaminophen. Follow the dosing instructions on the packaging carefully. If that doesn't work, you might let your child rests in a cool, dark, quiet room. This will decrease brain stimulation and pain that can be triggered by bright lights and noise. A cool ice pack can also be helpful to ease migraine pain. Placed at the base of the neck, it can constrict dilated blood vessels and reduce inflammation. Sleep can also ease the pain, but it may take 2 to 4 hours or more to end the attack. Remember, the earlier you treat the migraine with a simple pain reliever, the sooner your child may be able to get back to enjoying the day. Helping your child identify migraine signs can be a big step towards early treatment. For more answers to your questions about children's migraine, check out other videos on this site. More »

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