Which dietary modification are used in the treatment of treatment of pediatric headache?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: J Ivan Lopez, MD, FAAN, FAHS; Chief Editor: George I Jallo, MD  more...
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Much has been written concerning food items that can trigger headaches, especially migraine. However, there is a high degree of variability, and good scientific explanations for correlations between food and headache is rare. Moreover, causative items most often contain multiple potential triggers.

Avoid food triggers, such as old, fermented cheese; citrus fruits; and monosodium glutamate (found not only in Chinese food but also, widely, in commercial preparations). In addition, caffeine excess and especially caffeine withdrawal can precipitate migrainous headaches. With regard to the association between migraine and chocolate, the possibility exists that this is far more frequently a consequence of sugar craving, part of migraine premonitory symptoms, than a trigger.


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