Treating the Child's Mind

Treating the Child's Mind

Source: Seattle Magazine

While most people begin experiencing migraines in their teen years, children as young as two or three can have them too. Often their symptoms are different than adult migraines, making diagnosis tricky for parents and doctors. Kids who get migraines aren’t guaranteed to get them as adults, says Dr. Heidi Blume, a pediatric neurologist at Seattle Children’s. Interestingly, boys are more prone to getting them than girls, until they hit puberty. She says children’s migraines are often shorter in duration and the pain may be across both sides of the forehead. Sometimes vomiting and dizziness are the most prominent signs. Other symptoms can be blurry vision, difficulty reading, stomach pain, flushing, sweating, pallor, and dark circles under the eyes.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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