An Letter for Children with Migraine

Recent studies are pointing towards Chronic Migraine being a genetically inherited disease over a random neurological condition. So, parents or potential parents who suffer from migraine, there is a good chance that one or more of your children will, too. My father has migraine, so did his mother. Other family members do, too. I have a twin who gets them occasionally, but I get them chronically. Genetics are a strange thing, eh? So, while I was laying in bed on my day off being lazy, it occurred to me that I need to focus some of my posts towards children. I was six when I got my first one. Six years old. That’s first grade. If it was not for the fact that my mom witnessed my dad’s migraines and had suffered them in the past herself, we would not have considered migraine as a possibility for my suffering.

Here we go:

Dear children with migraine,

I know it hurts. I have been where you are, and it feels like you’re dying. Everything hurts. Your eyes, ears, even your nose and teeth probably hurt. The TV is probably making your stomach feel sick. It takes every bit of energy to roll over, and you probably have to crawl to the bathroom. It’s okay.

If you get sick, it’s okay. It happens. No one will think less of you. As you get older, it may get easier, it may get harder. Don’t worry, though. You are strong. The migraines will make you stronger. Soon, you will able to tell when one is coming. You will know it is time to take some medicine. You can’t swallow pills yet? That’s okay! Many medicines come in liquid form, or you may be allowed to crush it up or open the capsules and mix it in something (Mom or Dad will know if you can). I recommend applesauce cups with some kind of fruit flavor (berry was my favorite when I was little, since it covered the taste of the medicine best). Take a bite, then wash it down with a swallow of milk (or your favorite milk-substitute). It may not taste good, but it will make you feel better. As you get older, you may learn to swallow pills.

Lay down in a dark room with something cold on your forehead and try to sleep. You will feel better in the morning. The migraine may last a few days, but it will feel better each day. Have your mom or dad keep a food journal, see if they can help you figure out what foods may give you migraines.

It will get easier. Just remember: You are not alone.


💖Hearts and Sparkles!💖