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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Headaches and Migraines in Children

Talk to the Doc — June 2011

Grinning cats, smoking caterpillars, and butterflies made out of bread. Talking doorknobs, marching cards, and a chronically-late rabbit.

Famous author Lewis Carroll must have had one heck of a headache when he dreamed up these characters.

It’s said that Carroll was inspired to write Alice in Wonderland after experiencing migraine auras—the distorted sense of perception that sometimes precedes a migraine.

Migraine auras have also been referred to as “Alice in Wonderland Syndrome,” rather fitting considering the book became one of the most popular children’s stories of all time, and children themselves have been getting migraines since the beginning of time.

Headaches are quite a common pediatric problem, with approximately eight percent of kids experiencing one by the age of 3, and two to three percent of those fitting the criteria for migraine. By elementary or middle school, 60 percent of children have had a headache; in approximately 10 percent, that headache was a migraine.