Understanding childhood migraines

Child Neurologist Jane Tavyev Asher, MD, shares advice for parents of children suffering from migraines on how to understand what their child is going through
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Understanding childhood migraines

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So migraines are a very common type of neurological disorder that I see in my practice. Migraine headaches can occur as a very severe type of headache that can be accompanied by vomiting, difficulty with bright lights, loud noise. Usually the person wants to lay down in a dark room. Sometimes vomiting and going to sleep makes the symptoms better. Migraines can start at any age. They can start in young children. They can be present as just vertigo or dizziness. That can be associated with a headache. May or may not be associated with vomiting as well. Kids who are carsick are a little bit more prone to having migraines. Sometimes the two go together. Sometimes kids get migraines more in their teenage years when the stresses of day to day life and other what we call lifestyle factors catch up to them and put them more at risk for these very severe headaches.

Child Neurologist Jane Tavyev Asher, MD, shares advice for parents of children suffering from migraines on how to understand what their child is going through

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Jane Tavyev Asher, MD

Division of Child Neurology - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Jane Tavyev Asher is a board certified Child Neurologist and Director of the Division of Child Neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  Upon attaining her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, she completed residency/ fellowship training in Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Children’s Hospital, where her clinical training focused on behavioral neurology, specializing in autism and other developmental disorders, and her research focused on epigenetic factors in autism.  She currently maintains a clinical practice at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she sees patients with a variety of neurologic conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental delay, ADHD, learning disabilities, tics, headaches, and cognitive/ behavioral management in neuromuscular disorders.  She holds an academic/ research appointment as Assistant Professor at UCLA in the Departments of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.  Her current research interest remains in the area of autism.  Dr. Tavyev Asher is proud to contribute to the training of the next generation of physicians including those specializing in Pediatrics, Child Psychiatry, and Child and Adult Neurology, and she enjoys giving talks on various neurologic topics locally and nationally.  She is a member of the Child Neurology Society, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UCLA CART (Center for Autism Research and Treatment), and The Help Group-UCLA Autism Research Alliance.  She also serves on the Advisory Board of Healthy Child Healthy Child Healthy World.  She enjoys art, music, yoga, skiing, and relaxing with her family.

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