What is the role of lifestyle changes in the treatment of migraine and tension-type pediatric headache?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: J Ivan Lopez, MD, FAAN, FAHS; Chief Editor: George I Jallo, MD  more...
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The role of diet in headaches remains controversial. However, if a given food or beverage is associated with headaches, its avoidance has an obvious and significantly positive impact.

A study by Milde-Busch et al linked obesity and physical inactivity to childhood and adolescent headache disorders. [45] A lifestyle that includes physical exercise improves the quality of life of these patients in more than 1 way.

Regular sleep schedules, especially adequate amounts of sleep, have an effect on migraine control. A common tendency exists for teenagers to not sleep enough.


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