Children’s MigreLief Category

Help for Children with Headaches & Other Symptoms of Migraine

June 30th, 2017

Migaine AwarenessAs June and Migraine Awareness Month winds down, let us not forget that children and babies get migraines too!  This disabling disorder significantly impacts the quality of life of both children and parents.  Migraines interfere with all aspects of a child’s life and can lead to increased risk of depression.  Researchers believe there is an increased sensitivity after each successive migraine attack, eventually leading to chronic daily migraine in some individuals.  For this and many other reasons, children’s migraines should not be dismissed and parents should not simply wait for their child to “grow out of them.”

Many migraine treatments and medications are not well tolerated by adults, much less something to which a parent would want to subject their child.  (Press Release)

A GREAT PLACE FOR PARENTS TO START – Drug Free Dietary Supplements Providing Comprehensive Nutritional Support

A great place to start, if your child suffers migraines is with the dietary supplements, Children’s MigreLief (taken daily) and MigreLief-NOW (taken “as-needed”).  These two migraine supplements work well together and can be taken by children age 2 and above to maintain normal brain cerebrovascular tone and function.

Children’s MigreLief is to be taken twice daily.
MigreLief-NOW is to be taken as-needed at the first sign of discomfort.

Note:  The dose of MigreLief-NOW for children age 2-11 is 1/2 the adult stated on the back of the bottle.

MigreLief migraine supplements DO NOT contain aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, Naproxen, caffeine or butterbur.

PRESS RELEASE  – June 2017

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To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.,
Chief Scientific Officer, Akeso Health Sciences

 

 

 

Children’s Headaches Rarely Linked to Vision Problems – Ophthalmologists Agree

May 10th, 2017

A common assumption is that headaches in children might be related to poor vision. Often times, children who complain of headaches (as well as visual issues) are referred to pediatric ophthalmologists.  It is estimated that 25% of pediatric patients who see an ophthalmologist for headaches meet the diagnostic criteria for migraine. The percentages were the same for male and female patients.

In addition to head pain, during a migraine attack, some children may experience blurred vision, perception of jagged lines, or partial loss of vision. Ophthalmologists should remain cognizant of the prevalence of pediatric migraine and consider it in pediatric patients complaining of migraine symptoms.

Opthalmic migraines much more commonly (but incorrectly) called “ocular migraines” by laypeople are painless, temporary visual disturbances that can affect one or both eyes and may last only 20 – 30 minutes. If the visual disturbance is followed by a throbbing one-sided headache, it is referred to as “migraine with aura” (classic migraine) and the visual disturbance is called an aura rather than an ocular migraine. A migraine without a visual disturbance is called a migraine without aura (common migraine). ocular/opthalmic migraines are believed to have the same causes as migraine headaches.  Unfortunately a visit to the eye doctor may not help much in terms of how to treat or prevent ocular migraines as the vision symptoms that accompany ocular migraines are not related directly to the eyes but rather to the migraine activity in the brain.

Children’s Headaches Rarely Linked to Vision Problems
Regarding headaches… In a study conducted by pediatric ophthalmologists at Albany Medical Center in New York State, researchers reviewed medical records of children under age 18 who were seen at the clinic between 2002 – 2011 and all had received complete eye examinations. The findings showed there was no significant correlation between children’s frequent headaches and a need for vision correction.  “We hope our study will reassure parents that in most cases, their children’s headaches are not related to vision or eye problems…” said Zachary Roth, MD, an ophthalmologist who led the research team.

What to Do if a Migraine Diagnosis is Made
If a diagnosis of migraine is made, before referring out to a pediatric neurologist, ophthalmologists may want to place pediatric patients on a combination of nutritional supplements that many pediatric neurologists recommend to maintain normal cerebrovascular function. These ingredients are:

  1.  High dose Riboflavin (Vit-B2)
  2.  Magnesium
  3.  Feverfew

    All 3 ingredients are listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Guidelines for Migraine Prophylaxis.

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.
Chief Scientific Officer, Akeso Health Sciences
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Migraine Prevention Drugs, Topiramate and Amitriptyline Prove No Better than Placebo in Children

November 12th, 2016

Alternative for Children's Migraines

Scientist and patent holder, Curt Hendrix explain the science behind the success of MigreLief migraine formulas.

Last month, Akeso Health Sciences attended annual conferences of the AAP (American Association of Pediatricians) and the CNS (Child Neurology Society) to exhibit its migraine supplements as effective nutritional support for children aged 2+ suffering either chronic or episodic migraine.

It was great to meet face to face with some of the neurologists, headache specialists and other healthcare professionals who have been recommending MigreLief supplements for years.  Both MigreLief formulas, “daily maintenance” and “fast-acting help” were well received.
It was at the recent CNS convention that we were first informed of the study regarding the use of topiramate and amitriptyline for migraine prevention in children.  The study was published simultaneously with its presentation at the annual meeting of the Child Neurology Society in Vancouver.

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 328 children and adolescents aged 8-17 who were diagnosed with migraines (with our without aura) concluded that amitriptyline and topiramate proved no better than placebo at preventing migraine in children and were associated with adverse side-effects.

In the study, the participants recorded the number of headaches they experienced during a 28 day baseline period and then were given either a placebo, topiramate, or amitriptyline during a 24 week trial period.  The drug doses were increased every 2 weeks over an 8 week period with doses modified according to side-effects.  In the end, no differences in effectiveness were seen between the two drug groups and the placebo group, however, the authors observed higher rates of adverse side-effects overall in the active treatment groups than the placebo.

Amitriptyline users more often reported fatigue (30%) and dry mouth (25%), whereas topiramate users more often reported parathesia (31%) (burning or prickling sensation that is usually felt in the hands, arms, legs, or feet, but can also occur in other parts of the body), and weight loss (8%).  Other side-effects reported with topirimate included, fatigue (25%), dry mouth (18%), memory impairment (17%), aphasia (16%), cognitive disorder (16%), and upper respiratory tract infection (12%).  Serious adverse events included altered mood in three patients in the amitriptyine group and one suicide attempt in the topiramate group.

Before the trial was concluded, the Food and Drug Administration approved topiramate for the treatment of episodic migraine in adolescents aged 12-17 years.

“Given the null outcome in this trial and the adverse events and serious adverse events reported in the amitriptyline and topiramate groups, the data do not show a favorable risk-benefit profile for the use of these therapies in pediatric migraine prevention, at least over the 24-week duration of the trial,” the study authors concluded.

If you are a parent of a young migraine sufferer, consider MigreLief nutritional migraine supplements.

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.
Chief Scientific Officer
Akeso Health Sciences

 

Click to view original article published online Oct 27, 2016 – The New England Journal of Medicine.

Click to view Children’s MigreLief product information pdf – Children’s MigreLief and Fast-Acting MigreLief NOW (Age 2+)

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Teen Migraines

September 12th, 2016

Help for Teenagers with Migraines

Migraines are extremely painful and often debilitating for teens and children.  Just like adults, teens can also experience dizziness, vertigo, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, a lack of energy, disturbed vision and other symptoms.

Teen  migraines are often different than adult migraines. While adult migraines often last several hours or more and settle on one side of the head, in a child or young teen,  a migraine may last for as little as one hour  and the pain is often felt across the front of the forehead or on both temples.

As a result, childhood migraines are often dismissed as sinus headaches.  Some pediatric migraines don’t involve headache pain at all.  Instead, the child or teen may have abdominal pain, vomiting or feelings of vertigo.

The attacks may be shorter, but after the migraine disappears it can cause an ill feeling that can be even worse than the head pain. Of course symptoms can vary from child to child and can also vary from one attack to the next.

No matter how you look at it, migraines are not something we’d want to wish on our worst enemy, let alone our child.

Children & Teens – migraine dilemma

Parents often dismiss headache complaints by kids & teens, or merely address the problem with a painkiller  not knowing their child may be on a path to a lifetime of suffering migraines.  Researchers are discovering the more migraines a person has, the greater the tendency for future migraines. Evidence shows an increased sensitivity after each successive attack, eventually leading to chronic daily migraines in some individuals. It would follow that in order for children to avoid a lifetime of migraines, it is imperative to lower the frequency of attacks as soon as possible.
 

The devastating effects on teens who suffer from migraines

Migraines in teens (as well as adults) can be disabling. They can cause frequently missed school days, a need to miss sports, work and other activities, and according to a University of Colorado at Denver study, teens who suffer from migraine headaches are also more likely to get lower grades and have a lesser chance of even graduating high school or attending college.

The results of the study found that migraines are an important obstacle to long-term academic success with sufferers having trouble attending school and concentrating on those days they are in school.

The teenage years are already a very difficult time in life, and with migraines they can seem impossible. With the natural response during a migraine attack to shut down and withdraw from the world, sufferers feel a sense of abandonment, which is extremely damaging during adolescence.

Surveys have found that almost every migraine sufferer’s life is negatively affected forcing them to avoid activities like:

  • Doing chores around the home
  • Taking part in favorite hobbies
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Attending school
  • Making future plans
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the USA published data in the medical journal, Headache – 2009, that proves a link between children suffering from migraine and  emotional disorders.  According to the study, “children suffering from migraines are at risk of developing emotional and behavioral problems such as depression and anxiety”.

A study in 2007 found that teens who suffer from migraines have a higher risk of suicide and also a greater chance of developing mental disorders in addition to the headaches. 21% were found to develop major depression and 19% were found to experience panic attacks.

Migraine triggers in teens 

While migraines can be unpredictable, it’s important to become aware of certain triggers. Sometimes by setting up a regular routine and avoiding known triggers, attacks can be minimized.

Teens, like adults, and sometimes even more so, can be severely affected by stress. Incorporating stress reduction activities like deep breathing and meditation can be helpful in lessening migraine attacks.

Some common migraine triggers include:

  • Hormone changes such as just before the menstrual period begins
  • Skipping meals
  • Not getting enough rest
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Physical activity
  • Extreme heat
  • Certain smells
  • Certain foods, in particular those with additives, preservatives or dyes.
  • Bright lights
  • Weather changes
  • Medications
  • Motion sickness during road trips
  • Changes in routine

Options for teens with chronic migraines-
Conventional Treatment 

Many popular drugs on the market today are not well tolerated by adults much less something to which a parent would want to subject their adolescent or vibrant young. Dry mouth, fatigue, difficulty concentrating are just a few of the potential side-effects.

“Parents should be aware that our medication choices aren’t as good as they should be,” Dr. Jennifer Bickel, a neurologist and headache specialist at  Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri, told Genevra Pittman at Reuters Health.

There are not many medications for treating children’s migraines that are without major controversy, especially the class of medication known as Triptans. If you do your own research, you will see in journals where triptans (such as Children’s Imitrex) are being considered or even approved for children by the FDA, but you will find as many or more articles saying that triptans are in no way safe for children. The only medicine deemed “safe” for treating children’s migraines is ibuprofen. Anyone who has suffered a migraine will tell you that ibuprofen doesn’t begin to mitigate the pain, nor will it prevent future migraines.

Topamax (topiramate), a medication to treat children’s migraines prophylactically (preventively) is an anti-convulsant used to control epilepsy and has also been promoted as a weight loss drug. This same drug has been shown in clinical trials to cause a full 27% of child test subjects to lose weight. Other side effects are known to be upper respiratory infection, anorexia, and paresthesia. These were the results of the only major clinical study conducted on topiramate for children. Outside of the general discussion of Topamax’s side effects, one source (http://epilepsy.emedtv.com) cited that side effects such as memory loss or difficulty concentrating make it difficult to tolerate Topamax. Such side effects could be devastating for a school student, especially if the child already suffers from ADHD.

Additionally, if the child is already being treated pharmacologically for ADHD, depression, anxiety, stress, anorexia, or anything requiring medication, adding yet another medication to those already stressing the child’s body is simply unsound at best, and life-threatening at worst. Combining other medications, especially antidepressants, with migraine medications such as those mentioned above can raise serotonin levels too much and result in serotonin syndrome. 

According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Serotonin syndrome is a potentially life-threatening adverse drug reaction that may occur following therapeutic drug use, or as an inadvertent interaction between drugs.” Even a commonly used over-the-counter cough suppressant ingredient, dextromethorphan, combined with a migraine medication can cause serotonin syndrome.

Prevention is key for children and teens who suffer chronic migraines.
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Nutritional Alternative 

Adressing migraines nutritionally is an effective alternative without the harmful side-effects associated with other medications.

Nutritional supplements and herbs such as the patented active ingredients in MigreLief; feverfew, magnesium and riboflavin are known to work through several mechanisms of action including keeping the blood flowing properly in the brain. When the blood is flowing the way it should, there may be less liklihood of sudden spasms and inflammation.  These triple therapy ingredients also help to reestablish and maintain normal cerebrovascular tone and function.

Nutritional deficiencies and imbalances often associated with migraines can lead to dysfunctional brain processes such as:  *Excessive Platelet Aggregation (the clumping together of blood cells) resulting in blood vessel changes and the decrease in the brain’s cellular energy reserves (cells lose energy production ability when the powerhouses of the cells (the mitochondria) become dysfunctional due to nutritional deficiencies).
Migraine Help for TeensA VITAMIN, A MINTERAL AND A PLANT
We understand that as a parent, you want, not only to have your child’s pain relieved, but you also do not want them to consume anything that would further harm them. That’s the beauty of the “Triple Therapy Approach” of MigreLief.  There are three well known ingredients/mechanisms of action listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Evidence Based Guidelines for Migraine Prevention, working at the cellular level to solve the problem.

  • Magnesium
  • Riboflavin/B-2
  • Feverfew-whole leaf and extract.

There are no negative side-effects associated with the ingredients in MigreLief or Children’s MigreLief  (formulated for ages 2 -11.)  With MigreLief, there also is no concern about drug interaction with most other medications a child might be taking.

Daily Maintenance vs. “As-Needed”

Dream Team for Migraines -Original MigreLief was formulated to be taken daily to maintain normal cerebrovascular function.  But what do you do if a migraine or headache should occurr?

MigreLief-NOW is Akeso Health Sciences fast acting acute formula to be taken at the first sign of discomfort.  The dose for children 2-11 is 1/2 the regular dose.  Recommended dosage for adults and teens is to take  2-4 capsules immediately and 2 more 2 hours later if needed.


Teenagers have a lot going on in their lives and do not need to be handicapped with disabling migraines. By avoiding common triggers, staying well hydrated, and taking a nutritional approach to migraines, young adults have a great chance of getting their life back.

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

Inspiring stories from parents:

“My daughter has been using Migrelief for 2 years. She used to have migraines at least 6x per month. Since using Migrelief continually for the last 2 years, only 2 migraines total!! Best thing that ever happened for our family is finding Migrelief!”  ~ F.L.
 

“I had migraines as a child and all of my life until I found MigreLief. Now my son age 10 gets them. After 2 months of taking MigreLief, he is finally back in school. MigreLief gave us both back our life!”  ~ C.M.

“My son has suffered from migraines since the age of 7. His migraines have always been complicated causing him to vomit, be sensitive to light and noise, and stay in a dark room until the pain was manageable. His neurologist recommended MigreLief. We are ecstatic. He is able to stay over with friends, play baseball, basketball, and skateboard again.”  ~ H.S.

 

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Children’s Migraines – The Biggest, Baddest Bully

June 9th, 2016

bully and migrainesIn society today, parents have so many things to worry about when it comes to their children.  The behavior of other children is usually high on any parents’ concern list.   The stress caused to a child by a bully is unimaginable and it is difficult to ease their pain, and both emotional and physical stress.  Now imagine helping your child cope with an unseen bully who strikes viciously without warning.  Most parents would risk life and limb to protect their child, but what happens if this vicious bully is not flesh and blood, but an acute medical condition?

Parents and Health Care Professionals Now Have a Safe Option for Children with Migraines
Children's Migraine Relief Help

On the government sponsored anti-bullying website, bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children, which involve a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.    Likewise, migraine is defined as a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often excruciating pain accompanied by nausea or vomiting and disturbed vision. Migraine attacks are known to come on quickly and attack aggressively, usually with no warning.  Migraines can be very frightening and can be hard to get a handle on for anyone, especially children.

Like a bully who terrorizes your child, causes pain and harms their self-esteem, frequent migraines and headache attacks often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, can sabotage your child’s well-being as well. Some people believe bullying is a part of growing up and it provides kids an opportunity to stand up to those who are stronger than them. In the same way, people often dismiss children’s migraines believing they will go away on their own. Unfortunately, migraines often persist long into adulthood for many sufferers as a matter of fact, half of all adults with migraines had their first attack before the age of 12.  Frequent migraines and headaches can have long-term negative consequences as they often hinder your child’s performance at school, damage their self-esteem and lead to depression.

It is almost certain that children who suffer from migraine headaches have the same stress in their lives as children who are terrorized by bullies at school.  When a child is bullied, they experience daily fear, knowing the terror is coming, much like migraine sufferers live with the stress of knowing an onset could arise at any time. Victims of bullying feel trapped, helpless and small. Unable to deal with their problem, they display physical symptoms like stress headaches, stomach-ache, agitation, restlessness, changes in appetite, dizziness, and general aches and pains. Psychological symptoms often include irritability, anxiety, sadness, trouble sleeping, and tiredness in the mornings, loneliness, helplessness, and feeling isolated.

Children with recurrent migraines experience these same symptoms and are very likely to miss school and other activities. Research shows almost 80% of children who suffer from migraines have trouble coping with normal day-to-day routines.  The sense of vulnerability caused by migraines hinders their performance in school and causes frequent emotional changes, such as anxiety and sadness.  Only frequent migraine sufferers know the ultimate sacrifices you have to make in your daily life in order to deal with the pain they bring.  Wondering and worrying about the next migraine attack when you feel helpless affects the entire family and is debilitating to both parents and children.

Help and Hope for Children with Migraines
No parent wants to see their child suffer.  But so often parents feel helpless too and do just that, standby and watch their child suffer a migraine attack.  This is because Children do not have many safe options when it comes to fighting migraines.  Many prescription and OTC medications are difficult for adults to tolerate much-less children.  Many medications also, just don’t work.  So what is a parent to do?

First of fall, never dismiss symptoms of migraine in children.  Preschool children may or may not have head pain and merely look ill with abdominal pain and vomiting. They may become irritable, cry, seek out a darkened room and often sleep an hour after onset. After the age of 5 children often experience migraines similar to adults; pulsating pain on one side of the head, visual disturbances (aura), vertigo, and sensitivity to light, sound and smells.

Team MigreLief – A Powerful Force
Recommended by pediatric neurologists nationwide,  Children’s MigreLief and MigreLief-NOW can make a world of difference and is a great place to start.  Both of these dietary supplements by Akeso Health Sciences contain ingredients known to make a positive difference in children age 2 and older who suffer migraines.  Children’s MigreLief is to be taken twice daily by kids with chronic migraines (multiple migraines per month) to maintain the normal cerebrovascular tone and function they experience on non-migraine days.  MigreLief-NOW is a rescue formula to be taken on an ‘as needed’ basis.    It is important to note that MigreLief-NOW is not meant to replace Children’s MigreLief which must be taken daily by chronic sufferers.  NOW may be kept on hand at all times and used in conjunction with Children’s MigreLief as needed.  Large children or teens 12 and above may take Original MigreLief, Akeso’s adult daily formula.

If you have a child or know of a child being bullied by migraines, let MigreLief make a difference.

 

Children's MigreLief Daily and As-Needed Formula Available

 

Although many people experience positive benefits in under 1 month, Children’s MigreLief should be taken for 90 days to build blood levels for maximum effectiveness.  We are so confident that our MigreLief daily maintenance formula for children will make a positive difference that we offer a money back guarantee if you try MigreLief for 90 days (each bottle is a 1 month supply).  If for any reason you are not satisfied with your results in 90 days, the purchase price of the product will be refunded. Shipping within the U.S. is free for orders of 3 or more bottles.

Click here for more information or to purchase MigreLief products

To the Best of Health,

Your MigreLief Team at Akeso Health Sciences

 
Related Article:
Migraine Prevention Drugs, Topiramate and Amitriptyline Prove No Better than Placebo in Children

 

**These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Children’s Migrelief and Migrelief-NOW are dietary supplements providing nutritional support found to help migraine sufferers maintain already normal cerebrovascular tone and function and correct certain nutritional shortages or needs.

Migraines and a Mother’s Prayers Answered

May 10th, 2014

migraine treatment for kidsEvery day millions of parents watch helplessly as their child suffers from debilitating migraine attacks.    Approximately 1 out of every 10 school-age children suffer migraines.  Attacks can last from 1 hour to 3 days.

Severe head pain is not the only symptom of migraine in children.  Other symptoms include, nausea/vomiting, anxiety, fatigue, dizziness, depression, sensitivity to light, sound and smell, difficulty concentrating, abdominal pain and sleep disturbance.

When it comes to migraine control, there are not many safe and effective options for children so we love to hear from parents who discover MigreLief and share their success story.   It reinforces our goal to inform as many parents and healthcare practitioners as possible of this safe alternative/option for children two years and older whose lives are disrupted by painful migraines.happy face cropped

The comment below was posted on our Facebook page (April 2014) by a very happy Mom who gave us permission to share the post stating,

“MigreLief has been the answer to my prayers.”

 

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My thanks to MigreLief and the doctor at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that ‘prescribed’ it for our 9 year old son…along with a small dose antihistamine. It has literally changed his life. He has been taking it for almost a year.  Since age 5 he would get them where he would vomit, cry, and writhe in pain for hours, never knowing when the next one would arrive (he had 4-5 per month) He wasn’t able or was afraid to participate in any of the things that made him happy. He just started his second baseball season with  and the joy in his face is priceless. The greatest thing is that it’s natural. Thanks MigreLief!  ~Stefanie B.

Because 50% of adults who suffer migraines had their first attack before the age of 12, we hope to reach more parents of young migraineurs with our non-prescription safe alternative.  Formulated to address the problem, not just treat the pain, Migrelief is guaranteed to make a difference, whether an adult or child’s migraines are classic, common, or complicated (basilar, hemiplegic, etc.).  For more information, visit MigreLief.com

To the Best of Health,

 

The MigreLief Team at Akeso Health Sciences

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JUNE is Migraine Awareness Month… Children Get Chronic Migraines Too! Pediatric Migraine Facts:

May 28th, 2013

2013 Migraine Awareness Month - Children with Migraines

Many people don’t know that children also get migraines.  Every day millions of parents watch helplessly as their children suffer from debilitating migraine attacks.

Migraines in children often go undiagnosed because unlike adults, children can not easily communicate to their parents or physicians just what type of symptoms they’re experiencing.

Many times they’re too young to articulate what they’re feeling so migraines go untreated for a long time.  In many cases crying, lack of focus  and symptoms of depression are attributed to things other than the actual problem.

Fortunately children who suffer chronic migraines are great candidates for prevention.

CHILDREN’S MIGRAINE SYMPTOMS SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED…

Migraines interfere with all aspects of a child’s life, cause permanent changes in the brain, and can lead to increased risk of depression.  Because it can be difficult for children to convince their parents or teachers that they are really sick, their attendance in school and academic achievement may suffer making it difficult to catch up and adding more undue stress to their lives.

PEDIATRIC MIGRAINE FACTS:

– A migraine is a type of severe, incapacitating headache that can strike suddenly and often with accompanying symptoms of nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting.   They are often recurrent.

– About one out of every 10 kids, or nearly 8 million children in the United States alone are plagued by what has become the most common acute and recurrent headache pattern experienced by children today.

– Migraines may occur with or without aura and last in children from 30 minutes to 48 hours. (Migraine aura is the collective name given to the many types of neurological symptoms that may occur just before or during a migraine such as visual, sensory, motor or verbal disturbance.)

– Common precursors and symptoms of child migraine; cyclical vomiting, abdominal migraine pain, vertigo, and sensitivity to light.

-Approximately 20% of children with migraines have their first attack before the age of 5.

-Approximately 20% of adult migraine sufferers report onset before age 10.

-Migraines are more common in boys than girls until girls begin menstruation

– Migraine in children can differ from migraine in adults. Non-headache and neurological symptoms (aura) may be more prominent than the headache.

– Child Migraine is often underdiagnosed by doctors, possibly due to the prominence of non-headache symptoms

The Four Stages of Migraine Headaches

Migraines often progress through four stages. Your child may or may not have all four stages. And the stages may not be the same every time a migraine occurs.

  • Prodrome. In this early stage, your child may feel tired, uneasy, or moody. It may be hours or days before the headache pain begins.
  • Aura. Up to an hour before a migraine, your child may experience an aura (odd smells, sights, or sounds). This may include flashing lights, blind spots, other vision problems, confusion, or trouble speaking.
  • Headache. Your child has pain in one or both sides of the head. Your child may feel nauseated and have a strong sensitivity to light, sound, and odors. Vomiting and/or diarrhea may also occur. This stage can last anywhere from 48-72 hours.
  • Postdrome or recovery.  For about a day after the headache ends, your child may feel tired, achy, and exhausted.

What Causes Migraine Headaches?

It is not clear why migraines occur. If a family member has migraines, your child may be more likely to have them. Many people find that their migraines are set off by a “trigger.” Common migraine triggers include:

  • -Chemicals in certain foods and drinks, such as aged cheeses, luncheon meats, chocolate, coffee, sodas, foods containing MSG. etc.
  • -Chemicals in the air, such as tobacco smoke, perfume, glue, paint, or cleaning products
  • -Dehydration
  • -Not enough sleep
  • -Hormonal changes in the body during puberty
  • -Environmental factors, such as bright or flashing lights, hot sun, weather or air pressure changes

What Are the Symptoms of Migraine Headaches?

Your child may have some or all of the following symptoms:

  • -Pain, often severe, occurring in a specific area of the head (such as behind one eye)
  • -Aura (odd smells, sights, or sounds)
  • -Nausea and/or vomiting, or diarrhea
  • -Sensitivity to light or sound

How Are Migraine Headaches Prevented and Treated?

The goal is to try to stop a migraine headache in its early stages.

  • Work with your child to learn his or her triggers. Then, you can talk about ways to avoid these triggers when possible.
  • Have a nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen, available to your child at all times. This includes during school and after-school activities. If your child feels the prodrome or aura stage of migraine, he or she should take the NSAID right away. (Be sure your child follows the dosage instructions given by the health care provider.)

If your child’s headache pain has already started:

  • Give the child a dose of an NSAID  such as Ibuprofen
  • Have him or her lie down in a dark, quiet room.
  • Apply a cold compress over your child’s face and eyes (if your child wishes).
  • Have your child stay quiet and still until the pain goes away.

Call your child’s health care provider right away if your child has any of the following:

  • Fever and stiff neck with a headache
  • In an infant under 3 months old, a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or higher
  • In a child 3 to 36 months, a rectal temperature of 102°F (39.0°C) or higher
  • In a child of any age who has a temperature of 103°F (39.4°C) or higher
  • A fever that lasts more than 24-hours in a child under 2 years old, or for 3 days in a child 2 years or older
  • A seizure caused by the fever
  • Headache pain that does not respond to NSAIDs
  • Headache pain that seems different or much worse than previous episodes
  • Headache upon awakening or in the middle of the night
  • Dizziness, clumsiness, or other changes with a headache
  • Migraines that happen more than once a week or suddenly increase in frequency

PREVENTION IS KEY – TO SUCCESSFUL MIGRAINE CONTROL

Why you should control your child’s migraines NOW rather than later:

Researchers are discovering “migraines beget migraines” – the more migraines one has, the greater the tendency for future migraines. Evidence shows an increased sensitivity after each successive attack, eventually leading to chronic daily migraines in some individuals. In order to avoid a lifetime of migraines, it is imperative to lower the frequency and intensity of migraines as soon as possible.

Bottle of Children's MigreLief
Why Children’s MigreLief should by your first choice:

Comprehensive Support for Neurological Health with a Proven Track Record

Formulated to address the problem, not just treat the pain, Migrelief is guaranteed to make a difference, whether your child’s migraines are classic, common, abdominal or complicated (basilar, hemiplegic, etc.)

MigreLief Benefits

-Longterm relief as opposed to temporary relief

-Safe and effective for children over the age of 2

-Two international patents have been granted the unique MigreLief formulation

-Recommended by pediatric neurologists

-NO harmful side-effect

-MigreLief’s Triple Therapy™ Ingredients: a vitamin, a mineral, and an herb (Magnesium, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2) and a proprietary form of the herb Feverfew) have been proven effective

-All 3 ingredients are listed in The American Academy of Neurology’s Guidelines for Migraine Prevention.

-Taken daily as a dietary supplement

-Formulated to address the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances that can cause migraines and that many children sufferers have in common.

-Maintains the already normal cerebrovascular (blood vessels in the brain) tone and function your child has on migraine free days

-Used by thousands of children worldwide and hundreds of thousands of adults.

-Guaranteed to make a difference!

Note:  Children’s MigreLief  is safe and gentle for children ages 2-11 and Original MigreLief is for kids ages 12+  Either MigreLief may be crushed and taken with applesauce, yogurt etc. for those children who are unable to swallow caplets of any size.

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MIGRAINE PREVENTION IS KEY TO LIFELONG CHILDREN’S MIGRAINE RELIEF! “MigreLief”…Turning Frowns Upside Down!

April 1st, 2013

WHEN TEMPORAY RELIEF IS NOT AN OPTION… PARENTS CHOOSE MIGRELIEF!

THANKS TO MIGRELIEF, A LIFETIME OF PAIN-KILLERS AND ABORTIVE DRUGS IS NOT IN THEIR FUTURE!

 

One of the hardest things for a parent to do is to see their child in pain. Yet every day millions of parents must watch helplessly as their children suffer from debilitating migraine attacks. About one out of every 10 kids, or nearly 8 million children in the United States alone are plagued by what has become the most common acute and recurrent headache pattern experienced by children today.

MIGRAINES BEGET MIGRAINES
DO NOT WAIT!   GIVE YOUR CHILD THE GIFT OF A MIGRAINE FREE FUTURE TODAY 

The under-use of migraine prevention was discussed in a recent NPR.org (Nat’l Public Radio) article stating “Researchers are finding that “migraines beget migraines,” therefore the mandate for all patients is clear:  Reduce the number of migraines.”  Andrew Charles, director of UCLA’s Headache Research and Treatment Program, states it’s not clear why, but the “more migraines a patient gets, the more susceptible they become to having more,” adding that “there seems to be this sort of tipping point where patients go from having episodic headaches to having them really continuously and being in a state of constant sensory sensitivity.”  Charles and other researchers are investigating exactly why and how that “tipping point” occurs.


FOR CHILDREN AGE 2 YEARS OR OLDER – A SAFE NUTRITIONAL OPTION WITH NONE OF THE POTENTIALLY DISRUPTIVE SIDE-EFFECTS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Be it supplement, OTC drug or prescription drug, Children’s MigreLief is the first and only natural preventive therapy developed specifically for children suffering from migraine headaches. These often incapacitating migraine headaches strike suddenly and often with accompanying symptoms of nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting. Until MigreLief, the only option available was the use of side-effect prone prescription medications and OTC drugs with the potential to cause more migraines known as rebound headaches.

KEEP YOUR CHILD OFF THE MERRY-GO-ROUND OF RECURRING HEADACHES

Many chronic migraine sufferers resort to taking prescription medicines such as triptans when a migraine gets out of control. These medicines are abortive drugs used “acutely.”  This means you take them when you already have a migraine you hope to stop.  These drugs do not prevent migraines from occurring.

In fact, not only do they not prevent migraines, the general consensus amongst researchers and clinicians is that on-going regular use of triptan  increase the total number of migraines.   OTC drugs containing caffeine such as Excedrin Migraine (acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine) are also notorious for causing rebound headaches if taken too often.

PREVENTION IS KEY

It is far better to attack migraines at their source as opposed to treating the pain and other symptoms of migraines forever.  Migrelief was formulated to specifically address the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances that often lead to dysfunctional brain processes, including platelet aggregation, changing veins, vasospasms, and the depletion of cellular energy production—all associated with chronic migraine headaches.

The alternative migraine treatments have the potential for significant side-effects in adults and not an option most parents would want to subject a child to.  Children’s MigreLief is the perfect solution…three trusted ingredients, all well known for their safety, efficacy and low side-effects to establish normal vascular function instead of a lifetime on pain killers and abortive drugs.

Magnesium (oxide & citrate) – 180 mg/day
Riboflavin (B-2) – 200 mg/day
Feverfew (Proprietary Puracol Feverfew-whole leaf and extract) – 50 mg/day

(SAFE FOR CHILDREN AGE 2 YEARS AND OLDER.  Contains no yeast, milk, corn, wheat, gluten, soy, sodium, salt, sugar, flavorings, preservatives, or artificial colors)

CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT VS. MIGRELIEF NATURAL SUPPLEMENT

We understand that as a parent, you want, not only to have your child’s pain relieved, but you also do not want them to have anything that would further harm them. That’s the beauty the “Triple Therapy Approach” of MigreLief.  There are three well known natural prophylactic mechanisms of action working at the cellular level to solve the problem.

There are no specific side-effects associated with the ingredients in Children’s MigreLief and childhood use. Dietary supplements of any kind can cause gastrointestinal upset in susceptible users. With MigreLief, there also is no concern about drug interaction with any other medications a child might be taking.

As of this writing (July 2012), there are no medications for treating children’s migraines that are without major controversy, especially the class of medication known as Triptans. If you do your own research, you will see in journals where triptans (such as Children’s Imitrex) are being considered or even approved for children by the FDA, but you will find as many or more articles saying that triptans are in no way safe for children. The only medicine deemed “safe” for treating children’s migraines is ibuprofen. Anyone who has suffered a migraine will tell you that ibuprofen doesn’t begin to mitigate the pain, nor will it prevent future migraines.

Topamax (topiramate), the latest prophylactic medication being touted on the market to treat children’s migraines prophylactically (preventively) is an anti-convulsant used to control epilepsy and has also been promoted as a weight loss drug. This same drug has been shown in clinical trials to cause a full 27% of child test subjects to lose weight. Other side effects are known to be upper respiratory infection, anorexia, and paresthesia. These were the results of the only major clinical study conducted on topiramate for children. Outside of the general discussion of Topamax’s side effects, one source (http://epilepsy.emedtv.com) cited that side effects such as memory loss or difficulty concentrating make it difficult to tolerate Topamax. Such side effects could be devastating for a school student, especially if the child already suffers from ADHD.

Additionally, if the child is already being treated pharmacologically for ADHD, depression, anxiety, stress, anorexia, or anything requiring medication, adding yet another medication to those already stressing the child’s body is simply unsound at best, and life-threatening at worst. Combining other medications, especially antidepressants, with migraine medications such as those mentioned above can raise serotonin levels too much and result in serotonin syndrome. (Read more about this potentially dangerous drug combination)

According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Serotonin syndrome is a potentially life-threatening adverse drug reaction that may occur following therapeutic drug use, or as an inadvertent interaction between drugs.” Even a commonly used over-the-counter cough suppressant ingredient, dextromethorphan, combined with a migraine medication can cause serotonin syndrome.

MIGRELIEF CAN BE SAFELY COMBINED WITH OTHER MEDICATIONS

None of these side effects are of concern with the nutritional dietary supplement MigreLief.  Formulated to addresses the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances that many migraine sufferers have in common, the MigreLief alternative is far better than treating migraine symptoms and pain for a lifetime.

NIP MIGRAINE DISEASE IN THE BUD – NATURALLY!
TRUSTED “TRIPLE THERAPY” FOR MIGRAINE PREVENTION  – A VITAMIN,  A MINERAL AND A PLANT

Children’s MigreLief is the perfect solution…a vitamin, a mineral and a plant, all well known for their safety, efficacy and low side-effects to establish normal vascular function instead of a lifetime on pain killers and abortive drugs.  All three ingredients are listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Evidence Based Guidelines for Migraine Prevention

 

MigreLief Original Formula contains a patented “Triple Therapy” approach to reestablishing normal cerebrovascular tone and function that is disrupted in children who have migraines. Nutritional deficiencies, inflammation, and vasospasm can independently and together contribute to migraine occurrence, frequency and intensity. Children’s MigreLief contains the same “Triple Therapy” ingredients as MigreLief but with dosages and pill sizes adjusted to meet the needs of children.

MigreLief’s ingredients; Puracol, a proprietary blend of two unique feverfew sources, magnesium from two sources and high dose, highly absorbable riboflavin (Vitamin B-2) have all independently been shown to be of significant preventive benefit to chronic migraine sufferers.

The Science of MigreLiefTHE SCIENCE OF MIGRELIEF

The multi-patented combination of ingredients in MigreLief was formulated to correct the underlying dysfunctional processes in the brain that often lead to migraines once triggered. MigreLief helps to reestablish and maintain normal cerebrovascular function by addressing the nutritional deficiencies and imbalances often associated with migraines such as:

*Excessive Platelet Aggregation resulting in blood vessel changes.

*Decrease in the brain’s cellular energy reserves.  Cells lose energy production ability when the powerhouses of the cells (the mitochondria) become dysfunctional due to nutritional deficiencies.

 

Migrelief – Triple Therapy Ingredients:

Magnesium
Magnesium is a nutritional supplement with numerous effects that support cerebrovascular tone.

These include:

1) inhibition of platelet aggregation
2) interference with synthesis, release, and action of inflammatory mediators
3) direct alterations of cerebrovascular tone
4) inhibition of vasospasm
5) stabilization of cell membranes.

Some migraine sufferers with poor cerebrovascular tone have been found to have low brain levels of magnesium. Recommended daily dosages of magnesium typically range from 200 to 600 mg to compensate for this deficiency, far above what’s found in most multi-vitamins. Several double blind placebo controlled studies have demonstrated that oral magnesium can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches in both adults and children.

Riboflavin
Riboflavin (vitamin B-2) is a precursor of flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD). This coenzyme is an important component of the electron-transport chain. A deficiency of mitrochondrial energy reserves has been observed in some persons exhibiting poor cerebrovascular tone. This defect may theoretically be corrected by a compound such as riboflavin that improves the activity of the electron-transport chain.

MigreLief provides 400mg of Riboflavin, which is significantly higher than most multi-vitamins or B-complex products. Multiple studies have demonstrated that high dose riboflavin can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines in both adults and children.

Puracol Feverfew
Commonly recommended for its ability to support cerebrovascular tone, feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium) is rich in compounds known as sesquiterpene lactones. One of the more important of these compounds may be parthenolide, which represents 85% of the sesquiterpene lactone content in feverfew. Some scientific studies indicate that while parthenolide may be important there may very well be other phytochemicals in feverfew that are as of yet unidentified and play a role in its effectiveness.

Some studies of extracts of feverfew containing parthenolide yielded no significant benefits. This led researchers to believe that certain of the unidentified phytochemicals may have been left behind during the extraction process. The ideal solution would be a non-extracted feverfew product that naturally contained high levels of parthenolide and kept all of the other naturally occurring phytochemicals as well. For this reason Puracol Feverfew, AKESO HEALTH SCIENCE’S proprietary non extracted plant source for feverfew with high levels of naturally occurring parthenolide was developed. Puracol Feverfew is just one of the reasons for the superior efficacy of MigreLief, which delivers optimal dosages of parthenolide. Scientific studies have found parthenolide inhibits platelet aggregation and the release of serotonin from platelets and polymorphonuclear leukocyte granules.* It has also been shown to inhibit pro-inflammatory prostaglandin synthesis and the release of arachadonic acid. Each of these phenomena is associated with migraines. European studies have shown the benefits of feverfew on long-term cerebrovasular tone in multiple human studies.

 

TRYING MIGRELIEF FOR THE FIRST TIME?

 

If you are trying MigreLief for the first time we suggest giving it 3 months/90 days to build blood levels sufficient to address and correct the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances that are common to many migraine sufferers.

FOR MORE INFORMATION on Children’s MigreLief, visit www.MigreLief.com  You may also ask questions of our MigreLief Health Advisor by clicking on the website link:  “Ask A Health Advisor”

MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

We  are so confident MigreLief will make a huge difference in your child’s life, we offer a 100% money back guarantee of your purchase price if you are not satisfied for any reason after trying MigreLief for the recommended 90 days.  (see website for details).

CURT HENDRIX, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S. – THE SCIENTIST BEHIND MIGRELIEF

Bottle Natural Children's Migraine Relief and PreventionCurt Hendrix on Children’s MigreLief:
“There is NOT one prescription drug approved by the FDA for use by children with migraines. The side-effects of these drugs are significant in adults and not an option most parents would want to subject a child to. Children’s MigreLief is the perfect solution… a vitamin, a mineral and a plant, all well known for their safety, efficacy and low side-effects to establish normal vascular function instead of a lifetime on pain killers and abortive drugs.”

 

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Migraine Drug Sales are Expected to Almost Double Over the Next 8 Years. One Must Ask Oneself Why?

December 3rd, 2012

Remember When a Billion Dollars Used to Be a Lot of Money?  Well It’s Not Enough for the Pharmceutical Companies. Migraine Drug Sales are Expected to Almost Double Over the Next 8 Years.  One Must Ask Oneself Why?

One of the world’s leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, Decision Resources, recently reported that the market for migraine therapies will increase tremendously in the next 8 years.  If all of these pharmaceutical drugs advertise how effectively they put an end to migraine pain, then why are their sales projected to almost double over the next 8 years, going from 3.3 billion to 5.8 billion by 2021.

The population is not expected to come close to doubling in this time period, so does this mean that there will be twice as many people who have migraines? Could this mean that these drugs are actually causing more migraines in the people who use them? The answer is YES!

The concept of “MOH” (medication-overuse-headaches) is well-known and written about by dozens of neurologists and headache/migraine experts in published medical journals. It basically states that using both prescription and over-the-counter drugs too often to treat migraine pain actually results in an increased number of new migraines. These additional new migraines caused by over use of these drugs are also referred to as rebound headaches.

A recent article which reported this projected increase in migraine drug sales also stated that “the largest unmet need for migraine sufferers was in the use of prophylactic options (products that prevent the migraines from occurring rather than just taking something to try to reduce the pain after a migraine has already started).

The article went on to state that no new prophylactic options are projected to be available before 2021. Fortunately, one of the best, safest, effective, non-drug options to maintaining the normal cerebrovascular function that you have on your migraine-free days, is available right now at CVS stores throughout the U.S. as wells as on CVS.com and MigreLief.com

IF YOU SUFFER CHRONIC MIGRAINES – MIGRELIEF WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

Migraines in Children Associated with Behavioral Problems

September 27th, 2012

A recently published article in the journal Cephalagia found that children, who suffer from migraines and tension headaches, are much more likely to experience social issues, attention issues, depression and anxiety than children who do not.

The researchers examined the connection between migraines and tension type headaches and behavioral/emotional issues in almost 1,900 children between the ages of 5-11.

The results indicated that as the number of migraines a child experienced increased, the severity of the emotional issues increased. The children with the tension type headaches also showed similar issues, but they were not as severe.

Other published research supports these findings. Since the severity of the behavioral/emotional issues increased with the number of migraines experienced, it is logical that for children experiencing frequent migraines, parents and physicians should seek low side effect options to prevent and/or decrease as many migraines as possible.

Fortunately there is a proven effective alternative to children suffering a lifetime of migraine pain and abortive – pain relieving medications.

If you are not already familiar with Children’s MigreLief,  please visit MigreLief.com or read the following more in depth article on Children and Migraines:  Lifelong Migraine Prevention and Relief

A more indepth article on Children’s Migraine Prevetnion

To the Best of Health,

 

Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.

Chief Science Officer of Akeso Health Science LLC /MigreLief

Coupon Code MigraineFree3 - $3 off any MigreLief product. Coupon Code MigraineFree5 - $5 off 3 bottles of Migrelief. Not combinable with other offers. One per customer. Expires 9/30/12

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