Children's migraines can start at just 18 months of age. But many preventative options aren't available to anyone under 18. We take a look at what is safe to use --and effective. Plus, we alert you to addictive migraine drugs and the preventative that protects your brain ... and your heart, lungs and more!

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What Migraine Preventatives are Safe for Children?

Is 18 months of age too young to get migraines? Apparently not, though it's not all that common. But by the time kids are school age, migraines aren't rare at all. In fact, about 10% of young children and 20% of teens have experienced migraines'with half of them suffering their first attack before age 12.

Unfortunately, migraine preventatives that work for adults aren't always (if ever) recommended for children. Some doctors, however, do recommend topiramate for children even though the drug hasn't been thoroughly researched with children. Likewise, the new injectable drug Ajovy hasn't yet been studied with children (or with geriatric migraine patients, for that matter).

So, what can you include in your child's prevention strategy that's safe and also effective? Natural herbal and dietary options can be the answer.

Petadolex', for example, is a well-researched option. The 50 mg strength has been shown to be safe for children as young as 6. And it has been shown effective: In clinical trials, 77% of children age six to 17 reported having at least 50% fewer migraines. Interestingly, for children age six to nine, over 85% say Petadolex cut their migraine days by half or more.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, migraine prevention strategies that are also safe and effective for young children and teens include these:

  • Avoid stress, too much caffeine and not enough sleep
  • Learn and avoid your child's triggers'e.g., foods, smells, bright lights, etc.
  • Eat on a regular schedule to avoid blood sugar drops and spikes
  • Engage in regular, moderate exercise
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If you're already caught in this cycle, detoxing can dramatically reduce your migraines and your dependency on migraine drugs. Doctors emphasize that it is important to start taking a preventative prior to or at the same time you start your detox program.

You could consider topiramate or Botox drugs as preventatives. But since drugs are the source of the problem, you may want a non-drug choice. Here are four natural options that do not have bothersome side effects or addictive properties:

  • Butterbur root extract
  • Magnesium supplement
  • Vitamin B2
  • CoQ10
  • Feverfew

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Can Preventing Migraines Prevent Other Risks?

Yes, there's evidence that preventing migraines can prevent other risks. Here's why: Migraine sufferers know that the magnesium in Dolovent helps support brain cells' ability to maintain normal energy levels. The magnesium (together with riboflavin, CoQ10 and the other nutrients in Dolovent) also help regulate blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate and nerve transmission.

Now, a review of 40 major studies shows that if you correct a magnesium deficiency, you do more than improve you neurological health. It can also improve your cardiovascular health and reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

In correcting a deficiency, every 100 mg increase in dietary magnesium:

  • Reduces your risk of stroke by 7%
  • Reduces the risks of heart failure by 22%
  • Reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 19%
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