162. Migraine Headaches: Assessment, Management and Relief

Attention all parents, caregivers, and medical professionals! Are you ready to take control of pediatric migraines? Then tune in to the latest episode of Pediatric Meltdown with your host Dr. Lia Gaggino, as she teams up with migraine specialists Dr. Sarah Dixon and Dr. Emily Foxen Craft. From debunking common misconceptions to exploring the power of cognitive behavioral therapy, they have all the information you need to effectively manage migraines in children. The Pediatric Headache Echo program is not just a training program, but a game-changer in the world of pediatric headache and migraine care. By equipping primary providers with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to effectively treat and evaluate pediatric headache patients, they are revolutionizing access to high-quality care. In a world where medication and lifestyle modifications often take center stage, it’s time to acknowledge the hidden potential of psychology in the pediatric headache and migraine area. By providing information, ideas, and referrals to trusted partners, healthcare professionals can tap into a rich resource that offers holistic support and complements existing treatment options. Let’s shift the narrative and embrace psychology as an essential component of comprehensive care. Together, we can unlock the true potential within each patient, empowering them to live their lives free from the shackles of chronic pain. It’s time to harness the power of psychology and make a lasting impact on the lives of children and teens with migraines.

[00:33 -13:55] Effective Communication Strategies

  • Importance of using visuals to demonstrate the treatment plan
  • Utilizing metaphors and analogies to enhance understanding
  • Step-by-step approach in explaining the treatment process to families
  • Addressing concerns about primary and secondary causes of headaches

[13:56 – 27:03]  Understanding the Importance of Medication in Headache Management

  • Each treatment plan is individualized, considering factors such as age and other health considerations.
  • The approach to medication involves a more rigorous attention to pain hygiene, which may not always be prioritized in regular clinic visits.
  • Understanding the patient’s barriers to making small lifestyle changes is a key part of the medication management process.
  • Follow-ups and referrals to specialized providers can help patients manage their medication more effectively.

[27:04 – 40:09] Benefits of Specialized Training in Pediatric Headache Treatment

  • Empowers participants to become experts in their own centers or communities
  • Increases confidence and competence in evaluating and managing pediatric migraines
  • Enables healthcare professionals to be the go-to person for headache-related concerns
  • Improves access to high-quality care for children and teens in their own communities

[40:10 – 47:27]  Resources for Migraine Education and Support

  • Explore the American Migraine Foundation for comprehensive information
  • Utilize the timeline infographic to educate families about migraine headaches
  • Consider partnering with organizations to expand awareness and support
  • Share online tools for medication management and tracking

[47:28 – 54:20]  Closing segment Takeaway

You can reach Dr. Emily Foxen Craft

Links to resources mentioned on the show

American Migraine Foundation Timeline of a Migraine Attack

University of Michigan Headache Referral Guideline

Pediatric Headache ECHO  http://www.pediatricpainbehavioralhealth.com

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Key quotes for Twitter:

“You have so much power and opportunity to really shape a family’s expectations and a family’s openness and response to treatment”…  Dr. Emily Foxen Craft on The Power of Communication in Pediatric Care

“The thing that differentiates the Migraine aura from an ischemic event is that migraine aura comes on gradually, and stroke symptoms or TIA symptoms come on in a hyperacute fashion.”… Dr. Sarah Dixon

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