Abdominal migraine

Abdominal Migraine is quite a common condition that affects 4% of children and also some adults

What is abdominal migraine?

Abdominal Migraine is quite a common condition that affects 4% of children and also some adults.

Children usually stop getting abdominal migraine by the time they grow up, but often develop migraine headache later in life.

Symptoms

  • regular attacks of moderate to severe stomach pain that last from 2-72 hours
  • feeling sick and vomiting during attacks
  • no headache during attacks
  • feeling normal between attacks

What causes abdominal migraine?

Abdominal migraine is an idiopathic disorder, meaning it is not understood why people get it.

Treatment options for abdominal migraine

When diagnosing abdominal migraine, it is important that the doctor takes the medical history and physically examines the patient to rule out or to diagnose other diseases.

Treatment is often similar to that for other types of migraine, but options are more limited for children.

You should try to identify if the abdominal migraine attacks have a common trigger, such as bright light, poor sleep, travel or hunger. Stress and dealing with difficult emotions may be triggers for children too. Avoiding or limiting these triggers can help with reducing the number of attacks.