Children & Migraines: Alternative Therapies & Coping Tools

I recently shared information about treatment medications FDA-approved for children and adolescents with migraines (Children & Migraines: Treatment Medications). Though we’re lucky there are some options now, they’re still quite limited. Most parents still need to utilize alternative remedies and coping strategies to help their children who live with migraine disease.

Although no one wants to see his or her child dealing with a migraine attack, there are lots of products and techniques readily available to make your little one more comfortable and ease his or her suffering.

Some good non-medication coping options to explore for children with migraines include:

– Cold therapy – Cold packs placed on a migraineur’s head can be very soothing. This is a great option for younger kids: Fish Boo Boo Buddy. Keep regular cold packs on hand for older kids, such as these: Ace Reusable Cold Compress.

– Acupuncture – Acupuncture is minimally invasive and has no major side effects or risks. However, it is important to select a well-trained professional. Use Acufinder.com to find practitioners in your area.

– Acupressure – Acupressure wrist bands can help manage nausea. The Sea-Bands for children are a great option: Sea-Band Child Wristband.


– Manage nausea – In addition to acupressure with products like Sea-Bands, lemon-lime or ginger ale (Hansen Natural Ginger Ale) soda and saltine crackers can help settle the stomach.

Peppermint candies can help, too, but be sure not to give them to younger children who are still prone to choking. Brach’s Peppermint Starlight Mints

Many adults find ginger (Stash Premium Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea) or peppermint (Heather’s Tummy Tea Peppermint Tea Bags) teas soothing. If your kids aren’t into the idea of a warm beverage, try brewing the tea and serving it cold over ice.

Sea-Band Anti-Nausea Ginger Gum is worth trying, too.

– Shield the sun & light – If you’re at home, make sure you pull the blinds and curtains closed in your child’s bedroom and keep the room as cool as possible. When you’re out and about or can’t control the environment, kid-sized sunglasses (Kids Sunglasses) and sleeping masks (Hush Children’s Sleep Mask) can be lifesavers for child migraineurs.

– Minimize noise -Try to keep your child’s environment quiet and consider keeping child-size ear plugs on hand. These are a good option: Kids Soft Silicone Ear Plugs.

– Aromatherapy – Utilizing high-quality products that contain soothing scents like lavender and peppermint can be incredibly comforting for migraineurs and are safe for children. These are some of my favorite products right now:
Lather Clear Head Balancing Balm
Origins Peace of Mind On the Spot Relief
Badger Headache Soother

– Hydration & nutrition – It’s important to get fluids into your child migraineur to prevent dehydration if at all possible. In addition to water, consider mixing fruit juice with water for variety. Electrolyte drinks might seem like a good option, but they often contain migraine triggers, so it’s important to be thoughtful in deciding whether they’re appropriate for your child migraineur.

Something simple like chicken broth and some crackers can be nutritious if your child is able to keep any food down.

What alternative therapies and remedies soothe and comfort your child migraineur?

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Content by Diana E. Lee.

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DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.

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