Abdominal Migraine or Cyclic Vomiting
Most children's migraines are also accompanied by some abdominal
discomfort or pain, vomiting and nausea. A relatively small percentage
of kids, however, do not experience the headache part of the migraine.
Instead, they have cyclic vomiting or cyclic abdominal pain and
other cyclic gastrointestinal symptoms.
Abdominal migraines include
abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. These symptoms, lasting
from one to two days, can be misleading. Initially, adults might
think their kids have the flu or have eaten something that disagreed
with them. If the symptoms persist and regularly return, they should
be discussed with a physician.
The term cyclic vomiting
refers to the fact that the symptoms return on a regular basis,
possibly once or more a month. The vomiting can begin at a very
young age, and it can eventually lead to more typical migraine headaches
as the child gets older. After medical tests have eliminated other
possible problems and abdominal migraine is formally diagnosed,
parents can often predict the next occurrence.
the Abdominal Migraine
Propranolol (Inderal®), which has been safely used to treat
both high blood pressure and migraine headaches in children, is
also used by some physicians to treat abdominal migraines.