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Do children grow out of migraine headaches?

Migraine headaches in children are not more serious than they are in adults, but they can be harder to treat. In this video, Adel Olshansky, MD, a neurologist at West Hills Hospital, says that communciation with a young child can be the problem.

Headaches in children are common. Fortunately, they're not usually serious. Children may have migraine headaches with similar symptoms to the adult version of a migraine headache. These headaches usually respond well to over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. It's important to seek medical attention if the headache is accompanied by a fever, stiff neck, repetitive vomiting or personality changes.

Dr. Angela Lowery, DNP
Family Practitioner

Yes, children can get migraine headaches. Ten percent of children get migraines and an even higher percentage of teenagers get them also.

Yes, kids get migraines too. Close to 60 percent of children are prone to headaches; almost 10 percent of girls and 6 percent of boys have migraine. Migraines can be seen in children as young as five years old. They are likely caused by a combination of genetics and environmental triggers, so if you have migraine there’s a 50/50 shot that your child will have migraine too.

Children may not "grow out of" headaches, exactly. Headaches of any kind mainly affect girls who are older than 10 or after puberty and boys before they reach puberty. They usually last throughout childhood and persist into adulthood. However, the occurrences of migraines usually lessen after age 50.

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