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Migraines are blood vessel headaches. During a migraine if you have auras, the blood vessels are constricting. The pain occurs when the blood vessels dilate.

Childhood migraines are commonly bilateral but may be unilateral. A child’s behavior may depict whether they are experiencing photophobia and/or phonophobia. Occipital pain in children is rare and usually leads to further physician evaluation. However, there is no specific test used in diagnosing migraine headaches.

Migraines without auras are called common migraines, while migraines with auras are known as classic migraines. Individuals must meet a certain criteria in order to be classified with common or classic migraines.

Children sometimes get migraine precursors that include cyclic vomiting, cyclic abdominal pain, and cyclic vertigo.

Often times, migraines go undiagnosed in children and adults. If one experiences frequent headaches, it is important to keep a log of the frequency, so that a physician may be better able to diagnose the problem.

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