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Migraine Headache in Children (cont.)

Migraine Headache in Children Causes

The exact cause(s) of migraine headaches is unknown. Some migraines are thought to be due a temporary deficiency of the brain chemical serotonin. Many of the drugs effective in treating migraines target this chemical. Some migraineurs know that their headaches are triggered by something they eat, drink, or a particular activity.

The most common triggers include:

  • alcohol,
  • chocolate,
  • cheese,
  • nuts,
  • shellfish,
  • Chinese food (commonly containing MSG -- mono sodium glutamate),
  • sugar, and
  • caffeine.

Migraines most likely have several trigger factors and multiple internal causes. Although many migraine disorders do not develop until middle age, early recognition of migraine risk factors may help a child adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/7/2013

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