New natural product to treat migraines in children

If your child is plagued with migraine headaches, a new natural product aims to help prevent them. MigreLief, a US-based herbal company founded in 1992, announced on December 23 that it is unrolling a new treatment deemed safe and effective for kids, with no side effects of prescription medications.

For anyone who has ever experienced a migraine, the pain can be incapacitating, and often accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting. Some children experience vision changes ("auras") during a headache, or may experience a migraine as motion sickness in a car, experts say.

Most migraine sufferers begin to experience attacks before 20 years of age, with about 20 percent having their first attack before their fifth birthday, according to health and medical website Emedicinehealth.

MigreLief's new product, designed for children under 12, contains a proprietary blend of "two unique feverfew sources," magnesium and riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), which the company states have all independently been shown to be of significant preventive benefit to chronic migraine sufferers. A bottle of 60 capsules is priced at $19.99 (about €15). Recommended dosage is two capsules a day.

Looking for at-home remedies for your child's migraine? Sleep restores normal brain function, relieves pain, and resolves many associated migraine symptoms, states Emedicinehealth. Also, according to US-based Mayo Clinic, have your child rest in a dark, quiet room and place an ice pack wrapped in a cloth on the back of his or her neck. Apply gentle pressure with your fingertips to your child's scalp.

Some foods are thought to trigger the headache attacks and avoiding them is also part of the treatment for migraines, health experts say. These include cheese, citrus fruits, meats high in nitrates, and monosodium glutamate.

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