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HVP March 2018

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Page 22 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 23 migraine headaches, both prescription and over the counter. As a person who suffers from migraines, I know that finding just the right one can be a tedious and painful process. The side effects caused by the medications themselves can cause rebound headaches, or mimic the exact symptoms a child is already suffering from. Stop migraines before they start Treatment for each child varies. Use preventative care to stay ahead of migraine pain. Stay hydrated, avoid certain foods or take a routine medication. If your child is experiencing a sudden migraine drinking coffee or small amounts of caffeine helps stop a migraine or minimize its effects. A cold compress to the back of the neck and a cool, dark room to minimize sound and light also helps. Allowing your child time to recover and doing your best to comfort them is the best way to help them through a painful migraine episode. It may be easier for some families to identify migraines right away, especially if there is a family history, or in cases where the child is old enough to share their symptoms. But for others it can take time for doctors to fully recognize a child's experience with migraines. Children as young as 18 months can experience migraine episodes, but are unable to verbally express their symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no cure for migraines. It is a genetic neurological disease that will require lifelong treatment. Roxanne Ferber is a twin mom and freelance writer living in Saugerties. She writes about her parenting adventures as a blogger for HV Parent. Pre-K to 5th Grade Wappingers Falls ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR PREK PROGRAM Using the Outdoor Classroom Every Day Call 845-297-5600 for a Tour

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