Headaches in Children (cont.)
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Medicines for migraine headaches
Migraines can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as children's acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If this doesn't help stop your child's headaches, or if the headaches occur often, your doctor may prescribe medicines.
Medicines for children's migraines are being researched. Sumatriptan is a medicine doctors sometimes prescribe to treat children's migraines. This medicine has been shown to work well in adults with migraines. More research is being done on the safety of migraine medicines for children.
Have your child take his or her medicines at the first sign of a migraine. This helps stop the headache before it gets worse.
Your doctor also may prescribe medicines to help with nausea.
If your child's migraines are severe, happen often, or interfere with school or other activities, your doctor may prescribe a daily medicine to help prevent them. Have your child take that medicine every day, even if he or she does not have a headache.
Medicines for tension headaches
Tension headaches can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as children's acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
If your child's migraines are severe, happen often, or interfere with school or other activities, your doctor may prescribe a daily medicine to help prevent them. Have your child take the medicine every day, even if he or she does not have a headache.
Giving medicines to children safely
Be careful about giving over-the-counter pain relievers often. Over time, this can make your child's headaches happen more often or get worse. Ask your doctor how often your child should take these medicines.
Here are some other important safety tips:
Learn more about giving over-the-counter medicines to children.
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