Studies have shown that 8 to 23 percent of children between 11 and 15 years old have experienced a migraine headache. Children as young as 3 have been reported with headaches that meet the migraine criteria. The percentage rises with age, with boys having more headaches pre-puberty, and girls having the higher incidence during and after puberty. A headache could mean something as simple as a child’s life is out of balance. For children with frequent attacks some lifestyle changes may be necessary.
Dr. Williams says parents should be a detective and search for triggers such as poor diet (missing breakfast and/or lunch), not sleeping enough, not exercising, stress, and eating certain foods such as: cheese, chocolates, nuts, caffeine, MSG, pickles.