Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of childhood migraine variants (equivalents)?

Updated: Nov 19, 2019
  • Author: Wendy G Mitchell, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen L Nelson, Jr, MD, PhD, FAACPDM, FAAN, FAAP, FANA  more...
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In migraine variants, as in all types of migraine, diet (particularly certain chemicals in food), may precipitate attacks in some patients. Accordingly, patients should keep a detailed diary of episodes, foods consumed, activities, illness, and medications. They should bring this diary to follow-up visits to assist in identification of precipitants and to facilitate assessment of the efficacy of treatment.

Rather than embarking on elimination diets, which are unlikely to be helpful, a trial of elimination may be useful if a particular food or additive is suspected of being a trigger for the attacks.


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