Management of Episodic Migraine in Children and Adolescents: a Practical Approach

  • Reena Gogia Rastogi
  • Clarimar Borrero-Mejias
  • Carolyn Hickman
  • Kara Stuart Lewis
  • Robert Little
Headache (R B Halker Singh, Section Editor)
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Purpose of Review

Episodic migraine is very common in children and adolescents, seen by primary care and specialists. In kids, this can greatly affect quality of life, including significant disability, specifically in terms of missed school and other activities. The goal of this paper is to give an overview of the most up-to-date thoughts on episodic migraine in the pediatric population.

Recent Findings

Current options for both abortive and preventative treatments in kids, as well as specific non-pharmacological and lifestyle management recommendations for children, will be reviewed, as well as options for status migrainosus in the pediatric patient.


Migraine pathophysiology is similar in adults and children with episodic migraine, but the approach to the management needs to be modified and adjusted in kids. Recognizing the impact on quality of life especially with regard to school and knowing appropriate treatment options can improve treatment and decrease the disability from this disorder.


Migraine Pediatric migraine Pediatric episodic migraine Lifestyle management in pediatric migraine Triptans Non-pharmacological treatment modalities in pediatric migraine 


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Conflict of Interest

Reena Gogia Rastogi is a sub-investigator for Avanir. Clarimar Borrero-Mejias, Carolyn Hickman, Kara Stuart Lewis, and Robert Little each declare no potential conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reena Gogia Rastogi
    • 1
  • Clarimar Borrero-Mejias
    • 1
  • Carolyn Hickman
    • 1
  • Kara Stuart Lewis
    • 1
  • Robert Little
    • 1
  1. 1.Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s HospitalPhoenixUSA

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