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Do children get migraine attacks?


Yes. The youngest presentation of migraine is believed to be colic - when babies cry excessively for no apparent reason. Migraine attacks involving headache have been recorded as young as 18 months old. In children aged between 5 and 10, the most common presentation of migraine is abdominal migraine, including vomiting, diarrhea and/or constipation. Children with migraine may also get car sick easily. Half of all kids with migraine have their first headache attack before the age of 12. In the teenage years migraine becomes much more aggressive and can be debilitating thanks to the changes in hormones. From about the age of 17 onwards, boys tend to stabilise or improve, while girls usually continue and progressively worsen until their 50s.