Kids do get migraines. In fact, 20% of adults say their headaches started before age 10 while 50% say their headaches began before age 20. One study reveals that 56% of boys and 74% of girls in the age range of 12-17 have had a headache within the last month. Before puberty, boys have more headaches than girls. After this, girls suffer more than boys, probably because of hormonal changes.
Genetics play a role in headaches, also. One parent suffering from migraines passes on a 40% chance that their child may also get them. If both parents have migraines, the percentage raises to 90% for their children.
Children may have a hard time expressing their level of pain. Things a parent can look for to indicate their child may be experiencing migraines are:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Throbbing headache
- Relief with sleep (migraine pain does not awaken children)
- Specific pain location
- Aura before a headache starts
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Where to Find Relief in Graham, WA
Most parents want to keep their children away from harmful prescription medication if at all possible. Upper cervical chiropractors offer a safe, non-invasive, gentle procedure that has been proven to provide children and adults with migraine relief.
We examine the upper neck vertebrae (C1- atlas, C2- axis) of the child that is suffering to see whether or not he may have a misalignment. This can occur due to birth trauma, normal play, rough-housing, or a variety of reasons. If a misalignment is found, even a very small one, it can be affecting the way the body and brain communicate and hindering the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. The central nervous system may be compromised and may be the root cause of migraines. We will use a specific method, called the NUCCA technique, that does not involve twisting or popping the spine to correct the subluxation (misalignment). Once this is corrected, many of our patients, adults and children alike, have seen the severity of migraines decrease. Some even report that they have gone away entirely.
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