Health Tip: Things That Trigger Migraines
While migraines and their causes vary from person to person, researchers have identified some common triggers.
The National Women's Health Information Center offers this list:
- Too much sleep, or not enough shut-eye.
- Missing meals.
- Overstimulated senses, including noises that are too loud, scents that are too strong, or lights that are too bright.
- Hormonal changes.
- Changes in the weather.
- Drinking red wine or changes in caffeine intake.
- Aspartame, an artificial sweetener.
- Food additives such as tyramine, monosodium glutamate (MSG) or nitrates.
Health Tip: Managing Your Child's Migraines
If your child gets migraine headaches, the American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to help prevent them:
- Make sure your child eats meals on a regular schedule, and never skips a meal.
- Keep your child on a regular sleep schedule.
- Make sure your child gets daily exercise, but don't overdo it.
- Figure out what triggers migraines in your child, and try to avoid those factors. Common triggers include stress, too much intense exercise, or changes in weather or altitude.
- Avoid foods that are known to trigger your child's migraines. Popular culinary causes include: cheese, processed meats, chocolate, caffeine, nuts, pickles and foods high in the preservative monosodium glutamate (MSG).