WMSN FOX 47
 

FOX 47 - Health News

MADISON (WMSN) -- If you've ever heard your child complaining to you about a headache, did you ever think they may be having a migraine?


About 1 in 10 children get chronic migraines. When children reach adolescence, the number rises to about 2 in 5 children getting chronic migraines.


Doctors hope there is away to treat them with prescriptions already out there.


One 13-year-old shows us, it works.


"It's like someone is hitting me in the head with a hammer, it does not feel good," said 13-year-old Avery Scribner.


The 7th grader says he started getting migraines at 12-years-old.


"That makes me want to do nothing but just lay down and rest, its really hard to be with family and friends," said Avery.


"He missed a couple days of school and has to miss out a lot when he has headaches," said Sarah Stark, Avery's Mother.


That is until a doctor diagnosed it as migraines.


"We can try to nip it in the bud when it starts," says Stark.


It's stories like these Doctor Leslie Taylor sees all too often.


"We've seen it in kindergartners," said Dr. Leslie Taylor, Executive Director of the Dean Foundation.


Now, Doctor Taylor is conducting a study to find out if adult prescription medications treating migraines work for children.


"There hasn't been any study that's shown its safe for a child and adolescent with migraine headaches," said Dr. Taylor.


Dr. Taylor would not say which prescription is being used in the study, but it is sponsored by the drug company.


"They come in to be screened and make sure they're eligible and go home with drug and than once they have a headache they treat it," said Dr. Taylor.


Signs to look out for include pain on one side of the head, noise light and sound sensitivity. Some patients have found migraines can cause vomiting.


The biggest way Sarah prevents it from happening, is by listening to her son.


"Keep a diary of what happens and try and get a diagnosis. They'll be much happier," said Stark.


The Avery is not in the study the Dean Foundation is performing.


His doctor however, does prescribe him prescription medication to treat his severe migraines.


If you're worried you're child may have migraines, its best to call your doctor.


Doctor Taylor is looking for about a dozen more families to take part in two six month studies.


If you're interested, call the Dean Foundation at (608) 827-2300.

Middleton doctor studying children with migraines

Video List

Sun. - Fri. on FOX 47 News at 9!

Top Health Headlines (foxnews.com)

Should you worry about ovarian cancer?
Diem Brown — MTV reality star, cancer warrior and patient advocate — was only 34 years old when she died after a long battle with ovarian cancer on November 14. She was first diagnosed at 23 years old, and again in 2012. Her tragic story has put a spotlight on ovarian cancer and raised awareness.

Tips for a lighter Thanksgiving feast
The average American consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving! Here’s how to enjoy your feast and save about 2000 calories:

Sierra Leone Ebola burial workers dump bodies in pay protest
Burial workers in Sierra Leone have dumped bodies in the street outside a hospital in protest at authorities' failure to pay bonuses for handling Ebola victims.

Report: Someone drowns every 90 seconds
It's one of the top 10 killers of kids and young adults, but a new WHO report says that drowning remains a "neglected public health issue" that's still happening with alarming frequency around the world, Scientific American reports.

Inside the battle over 4-year-olds switched at birth
On a day in 2010, two South African mothers each gave birth to a girl at a Johannesburg-area hospital—but they unknowingly took the other's child home after nurses mistakenly switched them.

Advertise with us!

Tonight on FOX 47

5:00pm Two and a Half Men
5:30pm Big Bang Theory
6:00pm Modern Family
6:30pm Big Bang Theory
7:00pm Hell's Kitchen
8:00pm Red Band Society
9:00pm FOX 47 News at 9
9:35pm Modern Family
10:05pm Mike & Molly
10:35pm Mike & Molly
11:05pm Two and a Helf Men
11:35pm The Simpsons
12:05am Community


Complete FOX 47 Schedule

To FOX.com

Advertise with us!
IE6 Float Fix