If your child gets migraine headaches, the American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to help prevent them:
* Make sure your child eats meals on a regular schedule, and never skips a meal.
* Keep your child on a regular sleep schedule.
* Make sure your child gets daily exercise, but don’t overdo it.
* Figure out what triggers migraines in your child, and try to avoid those factors. Common triggers include stress, too much intense exercise, or changes in weather or altitude.
* Avoid foods that are known to trigger your child’s migraines. Popular culinary causes include: cheese, processed meats, chocolate, caffeine, nuts, pickles and foods high in the preservative monosodium glutamate (MSG).