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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. 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 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 formula to kick in, you can take MigreLief-NOW as-needed. All MigreLief formulas are drug free, safe, gentle and very effective.

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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

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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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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

Keep it Simple – A Common Sense Approach to Migraines, Chronic OR EpisodicHelp for Kids with Headaches

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 as-needed MigreLief-NOW should be kept on hand and taken at the first sign of discomfort. 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 as-needed 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.

We are thrilled you are taking this first step… you and your child will be too!
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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 “as-needed 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.

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

December 29th, 2010

At Last! Nutritional Support 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 support, 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 benefit to 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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