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Abdominal Migraines

Updated on January 27, 2010
Abdominal migraines can be debilitating.
Abdominal migraines can be debilitating.

Migraines do not only occur in the head. Another type of migraines that can happen are abdominal migraines. Abdominal migraines occur most commonly in children aged five to nine.

There does not have have to be pain in the head for there to be an abdominal migraine occurring. Abdominal migraines will, however, involve pain in the stomach. It is important to make sure that you are aware that you are experiencing abdominal migraines and not something else. Abdominal migraines are extremely easy to misdiagnose.

So what are the symptoms of abdominal migraines? Abdominal migraines are often characterized by vomiting, along with diarrhea, irritability, and sensitivity to light. The typical abdominal migraine is about two hours long, though they can last up to 72 hours. If your child is experiencing an abdominal migraine, then you should take him to the doctor immediately. So what can you do about abdominal migraines if your child has them?

The first thing that you should do to help your child if they are suffering from abdominal migraines is to take them to the doctor, where you can discuss what causes migraines, and the treatment routes that you can take. Treatments for abdominal migraines are usually the same as treatments for any other type of migraine, whether it is a regular migraine or a silent migraine.

As a child grows up, their abdominal migraines may later manifest themselves as migraines that occur in the head. Fortunately, they will have had the experience of dealing with migraines already, so they will be much better prepared. They will know about common migraine triggers, what sort of things to avoid, and the best treatments for migraines.

Migraines are a terrible thing to deal with, regardless of a person's age. Abdominal migraines are particularly horrendous, because they mostly occur in young children. No one wants to see children have to suffer. Fortunately, their suffering can be alleviated by educating yourself about abdominal migraines, and learning what sort of treatments there are for abdominal migraines.


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      cleverchris 6 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      My daughter suffers from abdominal migraines, she was diagnosed when she was 10. we have discovered that the "normal" migraine triggers should be avoided here as well- cheese, chocolate, caffeine, any dairy or milk related products. Also in girls, once they start menstrating, this can also bring on an abdominal migraine. We are very lucky our GP in NZ is onto it, we have Panadol, Ibruprofen, Buccastem and lactase for her to take when necessary. She is now 13 and they are slowly getting fewer, thank goodness.