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What treatments for abdominal migraine?

Aug 17, 2021

2 categories of treatments

Once a child, or adult, is diagnosed with an abdominal migraine, treatment generally falls into two categories:

  1. Relieving symptoms during an attack episode.
  2. Prevent possible future episodes .
Although there are few studies on the treatment and management of abdominal migraine, doctors may prescribe the following medications:
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ( NSAIDs ) such as ibuprofen
  • Drugs like triptans , this family of drugs is commonly used to treat migraines
  • Anti-nausea medication

Other drugs can be used to prevent abdominal migraine attacks such as propranolol or topiramate.

Identify triggering factors

To avoid crises, it is therefore necessary to learn to identify the triggering factors in order to limit their appearance. However, this is not always obvious, especially in children. Keeping an attack diary can help you better manage abdominal migraine attacks. If your child suffers from abdominal migraine, make sure he gets enough sleep, eats regular, balanced meals throughout the day, and drinks enough water.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy can also help your child by reducing the stress and anxiety often involved in abdominal migraine attacks.

This method brings together different therapeutic approaches, such as relaxation techniques, mindfulness, etc. Exercises are offered to the patient during and outside the sessions. Speak to a psychiatrist or psychologist trained in CBT for more information.

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