What Do Kids Know About Migraine?

By Kim Bailey
Updated 2024-04-03 09:01:55 | Published 2020-12-25 05:41:35
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In today's world, where we often rely on Google for answers, I've come to appreciate the unique and sometimes profound responses from young children. One memorable conversation with my 7-year-old nephew about introverts stands out, as he proudly declared himself an “un-introvert.” This charming moment highlighted his individuality and sparked my curiosity about children's perspectives on various topics.

Having lived with migraines for over 30 years, I recently decided to ask a group of my nieces and nephews, aged 5 to 11, what they knew about migraines. Their eye-opening responses revealed not only their understanding of pain but also their innate empathy and compassion.

Firstly, none of the children knew exactly what migraines were, but they were all familiar with headaches. They associated headaches with feeling unwell, whether due to a bad cold or even COVID-19. It was clear that they understood the discomfort that comes with a headache.

Secondly, the children expressed a sense of helplessness when confronted with the concept of migraines. They worried about not knowing how to help someone experiencing one. I reassured them that even adults often feel uncertain, and sometimes a simple hug or a kind gesture can provide comfort. One child, James, even suggested saying a prayer as a way to offer solace.

When it came to treatments for migraines or severe headaches, the children's suggestions were refreshingly simple. They shared what had worked for them in the past, unaware of the multitude of treatment options available to adults. Whether it was lying on the couch and eating until it passed, taking medicine and resting, or using a pillow or ice pack, their remedies were surprisingly effective for their age.

The children were surprised to learn that I, their Auntie Chele, experienced migraines. They saw it as both an intriguing superpower and a potential hindrance to our future playdates. It reassured me to know that my migraines didn't impact our relationship, and I wanted to shield them from the challenges our bodies can face for as long as possible, allowing them to maintain their innocence and belief in tooth fairies and superheroes.

Lastly, the children displayed a beautiful empathy towards others. They genuinely wanted to be helpful and expressed concern when someone they cared about was unwell. They shared stories of family members or classmates who suffered from bad headaches. One child, Crystal, mentioned her mother frequently experiencing headaches in the car, leaving me to speculate whether it was due to traffic or the chaos of ferrying four kids around. Children notice more than we realize, and their natural compassion is a testament to their understanding of pain and their desire to help those around them.

I am grateful to James, Crystal, Savanah, and Mordecai for providing me with their insights into migraines and empathy. I hope they never have to experience migraines themselves, but if they do, I hope they receive the support and preparation they need. In the meantime, let us appreciate the compassion and understanding that children naturally possess and strive to learn from their simplicity and empathy.

Kim Bailey is verified user for iMedix