Migraine Headaches Hurt Children’s School Performance

A recent study has shown that children who suffer from migraines are three times more likely to perform below average in school compared to children that don’t suffer from migraine headaches at all.

The study examined 5700 Brazilian children between the ages of 5 and 12 and collected data by interviewing teachers and parents. Researchers found that 33% of children who suffer episodic migraines (14 or less migraines per moth) were rated as not doing as well in school as those without migraines.  The study showed that children with migraines were also more likely to miss at least one day of school over a six-month period, or to leave school before the end of the day.

Many of the children felt that their headaches were not taken seriously and were often dismissed by adults.  According to NBC,com, children with migraines need to stay hydrated, not skip meals, avoid stress and adhere to a good sleep schedule. As well, parents need to discuss the migraines with the child’s doctor, as there may be medications available to help a child with their migraine headaches, which can often be physically debilitating.

Sources:  Neurology, Oct. 29, 2012 and nbcnews.com

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