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.

Treating 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.