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Can anyone talk to me about children and migraines? Long...

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pigsinmud Thu 25-Jun-09 10:55:56

Quick history - ds2(9) was wheat free for 3.5 years and he was relatively well. He has been back on wheat for 1.5 years as his digestive problems seemed to have settled a bit - I'm not sure if the wheat is relevant or not! Also, suffers from hayfever.

Anyway he had a few episodes last year when he'd have headache, stomach ache and temperature - assumed it was viral thing. I only really took notice this year when he has started to have headache/stomach ache/temp every 4-6 weeks. He is off today with his 5th episode this year.

I've started to wonder if it's migraines. On Monday night he had a minor night terror, woke up in a bad mood complaining of funny taste in his mouth. After school he looked terrible and complained of headache and stomachache - temp was 38.8. Tuesday night had major night terror - screaming so loudly I had to shut his window! yesterday, off school with headache (not so bad), but feeling very tired - temp back to normal. Kept him off today as he still looks pale and is tired.

I know children can get stomach ache with migraines, but I'm not sure about the temperature.

pigsinmud Fri 26-Jun-09 14:33:22


Reginamygina Fri 26-Jun-09 14:36:55

I have had migraines since I was 7 or 8, but never had temperatures with them. I just couldn't see properly (I remember trying to clean my glasses, thinking they were dirty aww), then had an almighty headache and felt really tired.

The stomach problems came on as I grew up, I now have the full whack of vision disturbances, major headache, vomitting, diarrhoea and numbness.

Sorry no help but didn't want your thread to go unanswered.

pigsinmud Fri 26-Jun-09 14:43:53


I have now found a few sites about migraines which mention having a temp. I'm going to keep a note and then visit GP to ask if it is migraines.

sageygirl Fri 26-Jun-09 21:05:53


was just checking through Childrens Health to see if abdominal migraine was mentioned. My 6 1/2 yr old son has been getting bad stomach aches and the doctor suggested abdominal migraine. Having googled it seems likely as the symptoms fit what poor Hugh gets - bad stomach pains that come on really quickly, he also goes cold and a bit clammy and very pale. 1 1/2 hours later it clears up and he goes back to jumping around like a mad thing and eating huge amounts of food. The doc suggested keeping a food diary to see if anything he is eating is triggering attacks and to avoid oranges, cheese, chocolate and caffeine as these are the commonest migraine triggers. So am keeping him off of these for 6 weeks and will see if there is any improvement. School and childminder have been informed and both have already messed up - he had macaroni cheese at school for dinner yesterday and cheesecake for tea at his childminders. Oh well - so is life - I will tell them to be more careful in future. Am upset about it all really as it seems he's inherited it from me as I get migraines - I never really thought about the kids inheriting my problems before.

Sorry this is so long - I hope you get to see a sympathetic doc - the one I saw was really quite chatty and helpful.

weegiemum Fri 26-Jun-09 21:16:07

My ds is 7 and has just been diagnosed with migraine by the GP - waiting to see the paed neurologist.

He gets very pale, sore head, photophobia, stomach ache, nausea, but no temperature.

Usually wakes up with it, lasts about 4-5 hours, then he is sick and feels better.

I get migraines and so does my Dad so I suppose it was inevitable one of my kids would get them.

They want him to see the neurologist just to make sure that is what it is but it is more than likely. Poor kid - but now we have a diagnosis of his "funny head" he can have painkillers in school for him etc .... if he needs them.

Hope your ds feels better soon.

hereidrawtheline Fri 26-Jun-09 21:18:39

I have really serious migraines & have done since I was around 7, I have a neurologist for them. I always get a fever with the bad ones and most of the medium ones. HTH. It is definitely a sign.

pigsinmud Sat 27-Jun-09 10:15:27

Thank you - very interesting.
I feel quite convinced that he is suffering migraines, so I'm keeping a record and then will go to GP.

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