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Anonymous
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Migraine headaches? My 7 year old daughter was sitting on the couch this morning watching cartoons and eating breakfast. She all of a sudden started crying and complaining of a bad headache. She NEVER complains of headaches...ever. She said the light was bothering her, her eyesight was a bit blurry, and that she felt like she was going to puke. I tried a heat pack, cold pack, massaged her head and neck and nothing helped so I gave her some ibuprofen.

That wasn't working and she was crying and in the fetal position rocking back and forth. So I called her pediatrician and he said to bring her in right away. He did the neuro exam and all her neuro functions were fine. He said they do not like to do CT scans on kids this little unless absolutely necessary. He said since she was alert and her neuro functions were fine, to continue the ibuprofen and have her rest the rest of the day and tomorrow. He said that theres debates as to whether or not young kids can get migraines so they hate diagnosing it as that. If it gets worse or if its not better in 24 hours to bring her back in and probably do a CT scan then.

She hasnt fallen or hit her head or anything so I know its not that. I myself get chronic migraines and have since I was 12. But he said thats a more normal age that they start and its usually after puberty has started.

Have any of your young kids (under 12) gotten migraines? I just feel so bad because I dont know what to do for her and I wish I could take her pain away. Heat and ice aren't helping and the ibuprofen isn't helping much either. If your kids get them, what do you do for them? Shes laying in her bed and I made the room dark.
Posted by Anonymous on Jul. 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jul. 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM
I've always been prone to headaches/migraines they run in my family. I can't remember exactly when they started but I know they started before puberty.
alexsmomaubrys2
by on Jul. 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Absolutely. Have you had her eyes checked?

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Jul. 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

My son was diagnosed by a neurologist at 5 with migraines. There is also a family history of migraines in my family. 

Unless it's severe with vomiting, he sits in dark quiet room with a "be cool" patch on his head. He has problems with meds so we only give him Tylenol to take the edge off if the migraine is severe. 

Tia_23
by Bronze Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM
Headaches do happen in young kids!! I remember being 6 years old having a migraine.. It hurt soo bad. I wont forget it.
Summerlion1123
by Ruby Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM
My kids don't and my own started when I was 14. I have heard of young kids getting them, but the ones I know of for sure are in a group I'm in for my son for a rare disease. Not trying to scare you, like I said it's rare. Hopefully they can figure it out and help her.
crysiann
by Platinum Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM
My nephew started getting them at 10. I would maybe get her eyes checked.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jul. 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM
Also there really isn't much you can do for them but just wait till they pass. In pregnant and for whatever reason this baby drove my head into overdrive in the early weeks. I had migraines a couple times a week. I tried everything from heating pads/ice packs to prescription meds. What did help the most was hot baths and my husband would rub the back of my neck line at the base of my skull (sometimes that was the only thing that saved me from feeling like I was dying). Hope your dd feels better soon.
gezzca
by Bronze Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM
I have had migraines since I was 2 or 3.
mamatink7
by on Jul. 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM

yes, they are a major deal if they start getting them so early. cover eyes with cool washcloth and keep things quiet and dark. make appt with pediatrician. they will do testing and have other specialists to see her. sorry she is going through this so early

vegaswife2011
by LMAO on Jul. 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Yes they can. Good luck mama. 

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