A Review on the Triggers of Pediatric Migraine with the Aim of Improving Headache Education

Gaku Yamanaka, Shinichiro Morichi, Shinji Suzuki, Soken Go, Mika Takeshita, Kanako Kanou, Yu Ishida, Shingo Oana, Hisashi Kawashima
2020 Journal of Clinical Medicine  
Although migraines are common in children and adolescents, they have a robustly negative impact on the quality of life of individuals and their families. The current treatment guidelines outline the behavioral and lifestyle interventions to correct common causative factors, such as negative emotional states, lack of exercise and sleep, and obesity; however, the evidence of their effectiveness is insufficient. To create a plan for disseminating optimal pediatric headache education, we reviewed
more » ... tion, we reviewed the current evidence for factors correlated with migraine. We assessed three triggers or risk factors for migraines in children and adolescents: stress, sleep poverty, and alimentation (including diet and obesity). While there is a gradual uptick in research supporting the association between migraine, stress, and sleep, the evidence for diet-related migraines is very limited. Unless obvious dietary triggers are defined, clinicians should counsel patients to eat a balanced diet and avoid skipping meals rather than randomly limiting certain foods. We concluded that there is not enough evidence to establish a headache education plan regarding behavioral and lifestyle interventions. Clinicians should advise patients to avoid certain triggers, such as stress and sleep disorders, and make a few conservative dietary changes.
doi:10.3390/jcm9113717 pmid:33228144 fatcat:rj6we6weefdzhf5cv7h6twz4fa