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Help for Migraine Sufferers… NOW!

April 11th, 2014

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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

IS YOUR CHILD COUGHING AT NIGHT? THIS SWEET, NATURAL OPTION MAY REALLY HELP!

August 13th, 2012

A recent study just published online in the journal “Pediatrics” and carried out by Israeli researchers, examined the effect of giving 312 children between the ages of 1-5, who had coughs associated with upper respiratory infections (URI’s),  either,  10 grams of honey (1/2 tablespoon) or placebo, 30 minutes before bedtime.

Parent surveys reported back to the physicians as to whether or not coughing frequency in the children changed. The parents were also asked to report back as to whether coughing was less severe and if there was a change in sleep for both the child and the parents?

The results indicated that for the group of children taking honey there were significant improvement in all outcomes being measured and it didn’t make a difference as to what kind of honey was given.  (Citrus, eucalyptus, labiatae)

The World Health Organization also recommends the use of honey for cough in young children associated with upper respiratory tract infections.

 

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

[Study] Link Between Children Migraine and Depression

July 4th, 2012

HEADACHES IN CHILDREN SHOULD NOT  BE DISMISSED! 

One out of 4 children will have complained of headache pain before the age of 15.  Parents often dismiss headache complaints by children, or merely address the problem with a painkiller and a nap, not knowing their child may be on a path to a lifetime of suffering migraines.

Childhood migraines are often different than adult migraines. While adult migraines often last four hours or more, and settle on one side of the head, in a child,  a migraine may last for as little as one hour up to 72 hours and the pain is often felt across the front of the forehead or on both temples rather than on just one side.

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

If a child is suffering headaches, parents should be on the look out for signs of migraine and also signs of depression as the two continue to be linked by scientific studies.

If you have a child suffering migraines, below is an article well worth reading posted earlier (2009) on the website Health24.  Following the article will be a list of migraine and depression symptoms.

Migraines Linked to Depression in Children
March  3, 2009 – Health24

The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the USA has published new data that proves a link between children suffering from migraine and emotional disorders like depression. According to the study, “children suffering from migraines are at risk of developing emotional and behavioural problems such as depression and anxiety”.

The study, published in the latest edition of the medical journal Headache, tested child functioning with comparison to children who are not experiencing headaches or migraines. The results showed that children suffering from migraines were “demonstrating significant elevations in total behaviour problems and internalizing symptoms, including somatic complaints, anxiety and depression, and aggressive behaviour”.

According to Dr Elliot Shevel, South Africa’s migraine surgery pioneer, it is vital that parents do not dismiss headache complaints in children without proper investigation.

“Young children believe everything the parent says.” stated Shevel. “If you tell your child ‘you’re just making this up’ your child will believe you and start internalizing self blame. Internalizing this self blame for a medical condition over which the child has no control has been shown to cause serious psychological and emotional problems for the child.”

There is therefore a great deal of concern regarding the emotional–wellbeing of children with migraine, as these disturbances can result in children being misdiagnosed with depression, without proper treatment of their headache or migraine problem.

Headaches affect children’s lives
This new ground breaking study was a result of numerous calls made by the international headache community for rigorous research to help clarify the association of pediatric migraine with emotional and behavioural outcomes. The study is ground breaking in this respect as the data was verified by the use of a control group of families recruited from among class mates of the children suffering with migraines.

In an interview from Berlin where he is conducting research Shevel stated that “The prevalence of paediatric headache was determined in a study published in the British Medical Journal in 1994. According to the statistics about 10% of children suffer with headaches that seriously affect the quality of their lives.

“This new research is also a multi-centre study,” states Shevel “which means that data was collected simultaneously from three leading children’s hospitals across the USA. So the data is incredibly robust and reliable.

“Self reporting by the child was tabled against data collected from both parents.” explains Shevel further. This was another essential breakthrough in the research, as according to the study “children coping with chronic health conditions may be reluctant to acknowledge or disclose emotional distress”.

Long-term damage if not treated
“We’re relieved that after 16 years treating children with migraine at The Headache Clinic our experience of the psychological consequences of the condition has been validated by the contents of this powerful research. Parents who do not take children’s headache and migraine complaints seriously risk causing long term emotional damage to their child. Parents must remember that children suffer just as severely as adults if they are afflicted with this condition.”

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SYMPTOMS OF CHILD MIGRAINE – MAYO CLINIC

Migraines can cause:

  • Head pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to light and sound

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DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN – SIGNS & SYMPTOMS  (WebMD)

The symptoms of depression in children vary. It is often undiagnosed and untreated because they are passed off as normal emotional and psychological changes that occur during growth. Early medical studies focused on “masked” depression, where a child’s depressed mood was evidenced by acting out or angry behavior. While this does occur, particularly in younger children, many children display sadness or low mood similar to adults who are depressed. The primary symptoms of depression revolve around sadness, a feeling of hopelessness, and mood changes.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Irritability or anger.
  • Continuous feelings of sadness, hopelessness.
  • Social withdrawal.
  • Increased sensitivity to rejection.
  • Changes in appetite — either increased or decreased.
  • Changes in sleep — sleeplessness or excessive sleep.
  • Vocal outbursts or crying.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Fatigue and low energy.
  • Physical complaints (such as stomachaches, headachesat do not respond to treatment
  • Reduced ability to function during events and activities at home or with friends, in school, extracurricular activities, and in other hobbies or interests.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
  • Impaired thinking or concentration.
  • Thoughts of death or suicide.

Not all children have all of these symptoms. In fact, most will display different symptoms at different times and in different settings. Although some children may continue to function reasonably well in structured environments, most kids with significant depression will suffer a noticeable change in social activities, loss of interest in school and poor academic performance, or a change in appearance. Children may also begin using drugs or alcohol, especially if they are over the age of 12.

Childhood depression is different from the normal “blues” and everyday emotions that occur as a child develops. Just because a child seems sad, this does not necessarily mean he or she has significant depression.  If the sadness becomes persistent, or if disruptive behavior that interferes with normal social activities, interests, schoolwork, or family life develops, it may indicate that he or she has a depressive illness.

Preventing migraines in children, is by far the best option and preferable to treating the pain and other migraine symptoms for a lifetime.  For information on doctor recommended, all natural, safe migraine prevention for adults and children, visit www.MigreLief.com

JUST TWO A DAY KEEP THE MIGRAINES AWAY!

“A VITAMIN, A MINERAL AND A PLANT!”  MigreLief has been safely addressing children’s Migraines, age 2 or above, for 15 years (1996).  It is one of the only safe preventive options to children and the best alternative to side-effect prone prescription drugs.

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This natural dietary supplement contains a patented “Triple Therapy” approach to reestablishing normal cerebrovascular tone and function which 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 offers the parents of children who suffer from migraines a safe nutritional option, with none of the potentially disruptive side-effects of prescription drugs, to maintain normal cerebrovascular tone and function in their children.

Puracol, MigreLief’s 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 therapeutic benefit to chronic migraine sufferers.

“Riboflavin is a well-tolerated, effective, and low-cost prophylactic treatment in children and adolescents suffering from migraine.” – from a study posted in The National Journal of Headache Pain”

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HEADACHES/MIGRAINES IMPAIR ATTENTION IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS AND MAY NEGATIVELY IMPACT LEARNING

December 23rd, 2011

It is difficult enough for children to perform academically at acceptable levels in school. The last thing they need is the pain of headaches and migraines to decrease their ability to pay attention and learn.

However this is exactly what happens to them according to a study done in Milan, Italy and published in the journal “Headache”.

The researchers compared 14 children who had migraines with aura, 29 who had migraines without aura and 19 with tension type headaches versus 52 children without headache that were matched for age, sex and intelligence.

Upon analyzing the data the researchers found that regardless of the type of headache they had, the children in the headache group had problems paying attention when compared to the non-headache children. The researchers stated that this could lead to long term negative impact on learning and academic performance.

Loading these children up with pain fighting medications, many of which have undesirable side-effects, is not the answer to helping these children. Preventing the migraines from occurring at all or significantly reducing the number and intensity of migraines, is clearly the first choice for parents who are trying to figure out what to do.

The natural, safe and mild option of original MigreLief, for children 12 and above and Children’s MigreLief for children ages 2-11 is the answer. For more information, please go to www.MigreLief.com
Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

 

Recurrent Abdominal Pain in Children May be A Result of Abdominal Migraine in up to 15% of Children

May 26th, 2011

Abdominal Migraine Pain in ChildrenAbdominal migraines may occur in both adults and children.  A new study reported in the medical journal “Headache” states that up to 15% of children who experience recurrent abdominal pain may actually have “abdominal migraine” and that for those children in this group, migraine treatment may help reduce or resolve the recurrent pain.

If your child has been diagnosed with migraine  (which can also result in cyclic vomiting and disturbed sleep) any recurrent abdominal pain he/she experiences is 4X more likely to be “abdominal migraine” as opposed to another condition that causes abdominal pain.

It is important to note that the study authors stated that “abdominal migraine” is not well addressed in medical school or during residency and is therefore likely to be missed by many physicians as a potential diagnosis.

The authors also stated that children with just abdominal migraine symptoms are more likely to suffer from migraines as they reach adulthood.

Though there are no studies showing that any of the current prescription drugs used to treat migraine pain, help with “abdominal migraine”, it makes sense, especially when children are involved, to try a dietary supplement regimen created just for kids with all types of migraines (classic, complicated, abdominal…)- Children’s MigreLief and MigreLief-NOW.  MigreLief supplements are safe and gentle for children 2 years of age or above.

MigreLief is available in 3 daily formulasMigreLief Migraine Supplements

Original MigreLief (Age 2-11)
Children’s MigreLief (Age 12-Adult)
MigreLief+M (Menstrual/Hormonal Migraines)
AND
MigreLief-NOW (Fast-Acting “as-needed” formula for on-the-spot support)

MigreLief Regimen:
Action step 1:  Choose a daily maintenance formula and take twice a day.
Action step 2:  Keep MigreLief-NOW on hand at all times and take as needed

MigreLief supplements are drug-free and do not interfere with prescription migraine medications.

Visit www.migrelief.com for more information email healthadvisor@migrelief.com with your questions.

To the Best of Health,

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

Chief Scientific Officer, Akeso Health Sciences
“The Makers of MigreLief”
healthadvisor@migrelief.com

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Can Migraines Affect the Cognitive Performance of Your Child?

May 26th, 2011

 
The cognitive performance of 30 children between the ages of 8-12 years old, with migraines, was compared to the cognitive performance of 30 similarly aged children, without migraines, using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children.

The  study, which was conducted at the department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil, found that despite the fact that both groups exhibited normal cognitive performance, the children with migraines had much lower scores in the areas of arithmetic, vocabulary, perceptual organization and resistance to distraction and processing speed.

Future studies, aimed to see if preventing migraines in these children would raise their cognitive performance levels in these areas where they were low, would be of significant interest.

 

To learn about gentle, safe and effective options for children suffering with chronic migraines, visit: Children’s Migrelief