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What is abdominal migraine?
Like adults, children can develop migraines. This can be the same type of
condition seen in adults, which is typically occurs with a headache, and is
sometimes preceded by an aura. Nausea, vomiting, and photophobia (decreased
tolerance to light) can occur. Children also develop some unusual and atypical
variations of migraine, not associated with headaches in particular, that are
not usually observed in adults. Abdominal migraine is one of these variants.
Abdominal migraine is a condition thought to be related to migraine that is
characterized by pain in the abdomen. It is often precipitated by the usual
triggers of classic migraine. The pain can be severe, and nausea and vomiting
Abdominal migraine is rare in adults, but it has been estimated that up to 2%
of all children may develop abdominal migraines. Children who have the condition
usually go on to develop migraine headaches as adults. Girls are affected more
frequently than boys. Abdominal migraine typically occurs for the first time
between the ages of 2 and 10.