What are the signs and symptoms of migraine in children older than 10?

Updated: Jan 31, 2018
  • Author: William C Robertson, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Amy Kao, MD  more...
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Older children may present with a unilateral temporal headache. Many "sinus headaches" are actually of migrainous origin. The headache location and intensity often change within or between attacks.

As children mature, headache intensity and duration increase; children begin to describe a pulsating or throbbing character to the headache. Headache presentation may shift to the unilateral, temporal location characteristic of most adult migraines. Childhood migraine attacks often stop for a few years after puberty.


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