Pediatric Migraine Category

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
(800) 758-8746

2 Options for Children Age 2+ with Migraines or Headaches

December 19th, 2016

 

Help for Kids with HeadachesKeep it Simple – A Common Sense Approach to Migraines, Chronic OR Episodic.
Giving your child a great start in life is not easy with migraines disrupting their progress at every turn.  It’s time to empower your kids with the best nutritional support you can and that’s where we come in.  MigreLief Original Formula (ages 12-adult) and Children’s MigreLief (age 2 to 11) are patented non-prescription formulas that have been addressing migraines nutritionally for almost 20 years and making a big difference in the lives of kids and adults worldwide.

Kids do not have a lot of options when it comes to migraines.  Chronic use of many over-the-counter drugs and the associated negative health risks are not safe for adults much less children… so what can a parent do?  It’s easy as 1-2-3.

Recommended by leading headache specialists, neurologists and other healthcare professionals, MigreLief has created two types of drug-free formulas – one for daily maintenance, and one for on-the-spot help when kids need it most (MigreLief-NOW). MigreLief has given many young migraineurs, and their parents, back their lives.

  1. Select Children’s MigreLief daily maintenance formula, and take daily:  Our daily maintenance formulas have been known to show positive benefits in under 3 weeks but they must be taken for 90 days as they continue to build in effectiveness. By the 90th day you will know how well it will work for your child (or yourself if you have migraines too).   Select one of the 3 maintenance formulas and take 2 tablets daily: MigreLief Original, Children’s MigreLief  (age 2+) or MigreLief+M (menstrual migraines).
  2. Take MigreLief-NOW (acute supplement for age 2 – adult) when needed, for extra help during difficult times.
    Our fast-acting MigreLief-NOW should be kept on hand and taken at the first sign of discomfort for fast-acting help.  The dose for kids is HALF of the adult dose that’s stated on the bottle.  Can’t Swallow Pills? – That’s Okay!   MigreLief can be crushed and mixed with food such as applesauce, yogurt, etc. for children who have trouble swallowing caplets.  MigreLief-NOW is a capsule and can be opened and sprinkled on food for children as well.
  3. Be sure to let us know how well you’re doing at HealthAdvisor@MigreLief.com or feel free to ask any questions. Purchasing tips… if you’re a first time MigreLief purchaser, MigreLief-Starter Kits are our best deal and includes 3 bottles (3 month supply) of any daily formula at a discounted price + a free travel size of MigreLief-NOW our fast-acting acute formula.  Sign up for our newsletter to receive migraine news and updates, plus MigreLief coupons when available.
  4. Money Back Guarantee – We are confident MigreLief will work for you and offer a money-back guarantee.  Try MigreLief for 3 months and whether you buy all 3 bottles at once or one at a time, we will return your purchase price if you are not satisfied with MigreLief for any reason.  90 days is a sufficient time for MigreLief to address the nutritional deficiencies and imbalances many migraine experience.

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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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At Last! Safe Relief For Children’s Migraines – The First Natural Migraine Supplement Just for Kids

December 29th, 2010

At Last! Safe Relief for Children’s Migraines!
The First Natural Migraine Supplement Just for Kids – Children’s MigreLief

 

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — MigreLief, the first name in migraine prevention, releases a safe and proven effective supplement for children of all ages:

 

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 attacks.  About one out of every ten 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.

“Be it supplement, OTC drug or prescription drug, Children’s MigreLief is the first and only therapy developed specifically for children suffering from migraine headaches,” explains Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N, C.N.S., scientist and creator of Children’s MigreLief.  These often incapacitating experiences strike suddenly and often with accompanying symptoms of nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting. Until now, the only option available was the use of side-effect prone prescription medications actually causing more migraines, known as rebound headaches. But Children’s MigreLief offers parents of children suffering migraines a safe nutritional option, with none of the potentially disruptive side-effects of prescription drugs.

Hendrix explains, “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.”

MigreLief 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.

All MigreLief products are available in select pharmacies and online at MigreLief.com.  For more information and product samples contact sales@akesohealth.com.

About Akeso Health Sciences

Founded by Curt Hendrix in 1992, the company now Akeso L.L.C. is a family company dedicated to continuing research and breakthrough technologies for the development of patented supplements. Akeso has helped tens of thousands control their migraines to find new joy and peace in life and consistently delivers innovative, leading edge solutions for migraineurs worldwide.

Contact: Steve Hendrix sales@akesohealth.com USA (800) 758-8746

DISCLAIMER: (MigreLief) is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness.  Please consult your licensed medical practitioner if you have, or suspect you may have, a health problem.

SOURCE Akeso Health Sciences and PRNewswire.com

 

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