Best Practices for Treating Children With Migraine

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Key Questions
  • At what age can migraine start to be observed?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of migraine in young children and adolescents?
  • How many children and adolescents does migraine affect?
  • What is the association of childhood abdominal problems with migraine?
  • Why is early diagnosis of migraine important?
  • Why do children get migraine attacks?
  • Is concussion a risk factor for migraine in children?
  • When should imaging studies and emergency room visits be utilized?
  • What is the relationship between migraine and depression or anxiety in children?
  • How can parents help children cope with the loss and isolation that comes with migraine?
  • How is cognitive behavioral therapy used for migraine management in children and adolescents?
  • What treatment options can be used in kids and how does treatment in kids differ from adults?
  • How can parents advocate for children with migraine with their schools?
Interview Notes

Find more about Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP, FAHS and his work here:

Treatments Mentioned
  • Amitriptyline
  • Biofeedback
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • CGRP monoclonal antibodies
  • Ibuprofen
  • Relaxation training
  • Riboflavin
  • Topiramate
  • Triptans

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Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP, FAHS

CCRF Endowed Chair & Professor of Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children's Hospital/University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

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