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Abdominal Migraine in Children – Safe Options

November 7th, 2018

Abdominal migraine is one of the most common causes of abdominal pain in children.  Although the pain will come and go, it is severely debilitating during a migraine episode, is very distressing for children. Chronic and recurring abdominal pain can have a drastic effect on a child’s overall quality of life and their school performance.

Abdominal pain in childhood accounts for 2-4% of office visits to the doctor and 50% of referrals to pediatric gastroenterologists.(1) Even though it is a well recognized type of pediatric migraine with specific diagnostic criteria under the International Classification of Headache Disorders, it is often underdiagnosed by both pediatricians and pediatric gastroenterologists.(2)

The diagnosis of abdominal migraine is much more prevalent in Europe than in the United States, because in the U.S. it is often misdiagnosed as U.S. doctors are still struggling to understand it.  Many doctors are only able to make an accurate diagnosis years after the abdominal migraines when the child becomes a teen and then develops classic migraines. Parents should be extra cautious as children could be subjected to unnecessary surgery if the condition is misdiagnosed.

What is an abdominal migraine?

Abdominal migraines are diagnosed in children who meet these criteria:

  • At least five attacks of abdominal pain that each last 1 to 72 hours
  • Dull pain around the belly button, moderate to severe in intensity
  • At least two of these symptoms: appetite loss, nausea, vomiting, pale skin

Other abdominal migraine symptoms may include, headache and sensitivity to light and sound.

Who gets abdominal migraines?

  • Children with a family history of migraines are at higher risk
  • Occurs slightly more often in girls than boys
  • Children who experience motion sickness are more likely to get abdominal migraines

Diagnosis of Abdominal Migraine

Abdominal migraines usually follow a pattern, same type of appearance, same time of day, and same duration with the symptoms going away completely between migraines.

Doctors may use ultrasound or endoscopy to check for other potential causes of your child’s stomach pain and evaluate your child’s medical history to determine a pattern.

Preventing Migraines
Help your child prevent migraines by discovering and avoiding their triggers if possible.  The triggers for abdominal migraines are similar for regular migraines:

  • Chemicals such as nitrites that are found in processed foods such as deli or processed meats, lunch meat, packaged sandwich ham, turkey, and chicken
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Bright lights
  • Foods that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG) including Chinese food, dressings, seasonings, condiments, and many buffet foods in restaurants
  • Motion sickness
  • Fatigue or exhaustion
  • Flickering lights
  • Stress, worrying or being upset
  • Swallowing a lot of air
  • Lack of sleep

In many cases, taking proactive steps to prevent the migraine attacks can lead to less frequent attacks and a decrease in intensity and duration.

Where to start if your child was diagnosed with abdominal or classic migraines.

Consider a Safe & Gentle Nutritional Option…
The MigreLief Nutritional Regimen for Pediatric Migraines

Recommended by pediatric neurologists and headache specialists for almost 2 decades, MigreLief is a great place to start.  

ACTION STEP 1:  

Choose one of two MigreLief “daily maintenance” formulas;

Original MigreLief (age 12+) (caplets) or
Children’s MigreLief (age 2-11) (capsules)

The caplets may be crushed or capsules opened and mixed with food such as applesauce, yogurt etc. for children or teens that have difficulty swallowing pills.

ACTION STEP 2: 
Keep fast-acting MigreLief-NOW “as-needed” formula on hand at all times and take when ever needed for on-the-spot help.

The ‘Dream Team’ for Migraine Sufferers
Daily and As Needed formulas work well together.  While you are waiting for the daily chronic formula to kick in, you can take MigreLief-NOW as-needed.  All MigreLief formulas are drug free, safe, gentle and very effective.

Where to Buy? 
If purchased at MigreLief.com or by calling 1-800-758-8746 you can try risk free as there is a 90 Money Back Guarantee if you try MigreLief or Children’s MigreLief for 3 allows sufficient time for MigreLief to build blood levels for maximum effectiveness (each bottle is a one month supply).  If you are not satisfied for any reason, Akeso Health Sciences, will refund your purchase price.

You can also buy at the Vitamin Shoppe, Meijer stores or at independent pharmacies nationwide.  If your local pharmacy doesn’t stock it, you can ask them to order it and they can usually have MigreLief within 24 hours.

Questions?  Email:  HealthAdvisor@MigreLief.com or call 1-800-758-8746
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Help for Children with Headaches & Other Symptoms of Migraine

June 30th, 2017

As 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

LEARN MORE

To the Best of Health,

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

 

 

 

Do You Really Want to Put Your Child on Drugs for ADHD?

May 28th, 2017

ADHD HelpThe diagnosis of ADD and ADHD has risen by close to 50% over the last decade or two and this is in part due to the fact that more drugs are being pushed so more physicians are diagnosing the condition. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or developement.  ADHD represents one of the most common disorders of childhood. The condition often persists through adolescence and can continue to adulthood.

It is normal to have some inattention, unfocused motor activity and impulsivity, but for people with ADHD, these behaviors:  are more severe, occur more often and interfere with or reduce the quality of how they functions socially, at school, or in a job.  Other conditions, such as learning disabilities, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, depression, and substance abuse, are common in people with ADHD.   Some people may have only one of these behaviors, for example inattention without being hyperactive.  Children however often have both.

Anybody who follows my research, articles or radio broadcasts knows that except for life-threatening emergencies, I am generally against taking drugs before implementing lifestyle modifications and exploring the possible use of nutritional supplements that have been proven to be safe and possibly effective.  Patients and physicians are often misled to believe that drugs are generally safe and effective and the passage of time often proves this to be incorrect.

It is my opinion that we are “drug crazy” in the United States and when it comes to kids with ADHD, parents are often pressured or at least not offered options other than treating their child’s symptoms of ADHD with medication.  For example, in the UK it is recommended that physicians NOT put children with mild to moderate ADHD on medications, yet in the U.S., the American Academy of Pediatric guidelines are the opposite, with drugs being recommended as first line therapy.

I read an analysis done by MedPage about a study done on children diagnosed with ADHD who were put on medications to treat the condition. When you read just how kids with ADHD who were given drugs fared, you will wonder who besides the drug companies are benefitting from these drugs recommended as a first-line therapy?

Before discussing the results found in this most recent study, it is crucial to know that a previous study  funded by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health and published  in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry found that ADHD treatments are not working for most young children and that symptoms continued over a six year period despite being on medication.  90 percent of the children continued to experience symptoms.  Symptoms were just as severe for kids on the drugs as those who were not taking any drugs. Of participants, 62 percent of the children taking anti-ADHD drugs had significant hyperactivity and impulsivity, compared with 58 percent of children not taking medication. Moreover, 65 percent of children on medication also had serious inattention, compared with 62 percent of children not taking drugs to treat ADHD.

The information reported in a new study, is just as alarming and upsetting.  Recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association-Pediatric, this study was conducted by researchers/scientists at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.  It was not surprising to learn that children diagnosed with ADHD performed worse in school, and were more likely to be hospitalized for any reason including injuries than children without ADHD.

The authors followed children who were not only diagnosed with ADHD but were specifically put on medications to treat the condition.  Almost 800,000 children from ages 4-19 were followed for a four-year period and the following results were reported…

These medicated children:

1- Were 5-6 times more likely to be excluded from school

2- Were significantly more likely to have special needs (mental health, learning disability, autism)

3- Were 42% more likely to be unemployed and 3X more likely to experience lower academic achievement.

4- Were more likely to have poorer health outcomes.

Clearly parents should consider non-pharmaceutical options.

So what should  a parent of a child diagnosed with ADD or ADHD do before considering placing a child on these questionable drugs?

Get your child off of processed foods (sugary cereals, processed meats, fast foods, sugary drinks like soda and significantly reduce sugar intake in general and no artificial sweeteners.  It is best to eat unprocessed, whole foods.  Additives including artificial sweeteners, preservatives and colorings may be especially problematic for those with ADD or ADHD.  Have him or her do the following:

  • Eat a couple of eggs for breakfast, more salads and vegetables, fish and free range chicken breast
  • Eat a fish oil product that provides a total of 1500 mg/day of EPA and DHA
  • Take a daily B complex vitamin (50 mg) and zinc (15 mg/day).  B Vitamins help maintain a healthy nervous system.
  • Take at least 250 mg/day of magnesium
  • Take a daily probiotic from a well-known company or eat some greek yogurt (low sugar) or even a spoonful of sauerkraut a day if they like the taste.

I think you and your child will see considerable improvement in his/her symptoms and you may be able to avoid the risks associated with prescription drugs.

To the Best of Health,

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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