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Migraine Red Flags


While headaches and migraines are fairly common in children, they should still be taken seriously. If a child has been experiencing migraines often or for an extended period of time, they should see a doctor.

Some symptoms, in particular, should be seen as red flags and a sign to schedule an appointment with your child's doctor as soon as possible. Such symptoms include:

  • Increased headache or migraine severity
  • Pain located in a specific area
  • Pain that wakes a child during the night or comes on when they wake up
  • Neck stiffness
  • Fever
  • Weakness in face, arms or legs
  • Pain that leads to vomiting
  • Recent head trauma
  • Confusion
  • Inability to stay balanced
  • Pain that worsens when child is in a horizontal position

If you are concerned about your child's headaches or migraines or if they experience any of the above symptoms, you can self-refer to Boys Town Pediatric Neurology at (531) 355-7420.

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