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The Link Between Migraines and Behavior Disorders in Children 

 December 25, 2016

By  Dr. Todd Osborne

Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches Relief Migraine, Migraines, Headaches, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Pregnancy, Prenatal CareA study involving childhood migraines reveals that youths may suffer from this condition more often than adults may consider. In fact, the study shows that these migraines could even be linked to behavioral disorders. How did the study make this connection, is it possible to discern if a child is having migraines, and what can be done to provide help?

1,856 kids were a part of the research, and all were between the ages of 5 and 11. The study results agreed with other studies that connected migraines in children to depression and anxiety as well as hyperactivity and attention disorders. Children diagnosed with migraines were seen to be at great risk of also having a behavioral disorder.

Identifying Migraines in Children

Young ones may find it tough to describe the symptoms they are going through. As a result, migraines may go undiagnosed. Here are some things to look for to determine if a child is dealing with migraines.

  • A Moderate-Severe Headache – Don’t dismiss a migraine as just a headache simply because the pain occurs on both sides. Not only can pain occur on both sides, but it may also occur in the forehead.
  • Limited Activity – Pain that causes your child to be less active can definitely signal a migraine.
  • 3 Days of Pain – Migraines last up to 72 hours. Of course, they can be shorter as well, but longer headache episodes often signal a migraine.
  • Sensory Sensitivity – If your child is sensitive to light and sound during headaches, migraines are more likely the cause.
  • Nausea and Vomiting – These symptoms typically occur alongside migraines and not tension headaches.

Migraines May Have an Underlying Cause

Many migraines are caused by an underlying problem in the neck called an upper cervical subluxation. This means that the C1 and C2 vertebrae (the top two bones in the spine) have become misaligned. This can easily happen during head or neck trauma caused by anything from a fall on the playground to strain on the neck during childbirth.

Before resigning oneself to think a child is just going to be difficult to deal with throughout life, why not seek to resolve the underlying cause of the migraines? After all, if migraines and behavioral problems really are linked, the child’s overall behavior may gradually improve once the migraines are taken care of.
To find an upper cervical specialist in your area go to http://www.NUCCA.org or if you are in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area CALL 423-402-4602 to schedule a consultation

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Dr. Todd Osborne


Dr. Todd Osborne has completed extensive post-graduate education in Activator Methods, and has hundreds of hours in continuing education in Upper Cervical Chiropractic, Neurology, and is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist, certified by the Atlas Orthogonal Board and Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Todd Osborne

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