Advice On How Parents Can Spot Children’s’ Emerging Migraines | NBC Nightly News


KIDS’ BEHAVIOR.
NBC’S KRISTEN DAHLGREN
EXPLAINS. >>Reporter: HE IS
ONLY 11 BUT ALREADY HE
KNOWS THE CRIPPLING PAIN OF A MIGRAINE.
>>I COULDN’T GET OUT
OF BED. IT WAS TERRIBLE.
I WAS CRYING OUT IN
PAIN. >>Reporter: WHERE
DOES IT HURT?
>>ALL OVER. >>Reporter: THE
POUNDING AND PRESSURE
DEBILITAING BUT IN CHILDREN MIGRAINES CAN
OFTEN GO UNDIAGNOSED.
ABOUT 10% OF SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN
SUFFER FROM MIGRAINES.
BY AGE 17, ONE IN TEN BOYS HAS HAD A
MIGRAINE, FOR GIRLS,
IT’S ALMOST ONE IN FOUR.
A STUDY SHOWS WARNING
SIGNS MAY BE ABLE TO TIP PARENTS OFF WELL
BEFORE THE PAIN
ACTUALLY STARTS. >>IF WE WAIT UNTIL
THE CHILDREN ARE
REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE AND CURLED UP, IT’S A
LOT HARDER TO GET THEM
BETTER. >>Reporter: DR.
HOWARD JACOBS LOOKED
FOR WHAT ARE CALLED PREMONITORY SIGNS, RED
FLAGS THAT A MIGRAINE
IS ON THE WAY. THE RESEARCHERS FOUND
41% OF CHILDREN SHOW
TWO CLEAR SIGNS, PROFOUND FATIGUE AND
SUDDEN MOODINESS.
UP TO 24 HOURS BEFORE THEIR HEADS EVER START
POUNDING.
>>THE KEY WITH MOST OF THE MEDICINES WE
GIVE KIDS TO TAKE WHEN
THEY HAVE A MIGRAINE, THE KEY IS TO TAKE IT
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
>>Reporter: GRIFFIN AND HIS MOM KNOW THE
PATTERN WELL.
>>I START TO GET TIRED AND CRABBY AND
CRANKY.
>>IF I THINK THOSE SIGNS ARE THERE AND I
SEE ONE COMING ON, I
DEFINITELY MAKE SURE HE GETS A BIG GLASS OF
WATER, SOME I BEE
— I MEDICINE AND HAS TO

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