I had a horrible evening with my 12 year old daughter last night. She apparently has the family "curse," debilitating migraines with aura. I get them (much reduced in past 5 years), my mom got them, and one of my son's gets them on occasion. When my son first started getting them (~8 years ago), I did a lot of research and found that butterbur and magnesium can reduce the number of migraines. The pediatric neurologist we visited knew nothing about this, and seemed surprised when I showed him the then current recommendations from the American Neurological Association that listed butterbur as helpful as preventative prescription medications (butterbur was listed as "probably" effective-- said magnesium was "possibly" effective)
Anyway, I haven't researched this recently, and am not as smart on nutrition and supplements as most of you. Any recommendations for my daughter? Her diet is so-so, and she eats more sugar than she should, but she's 12
She doesn't drink caffeine or much soda. Has anyone heard of Cefaly? It's a device you wear on your head and it had an electrode attached. It says that "Precise impulses are produced, which act on the trigeminal nerve in order to prevent migraine attacks." Has anyone used that devise? I bought it a few years ago for my son anticipating he would get as many migraines as me, but fortunately he didn't get them enough to see if it actually worked. I hated seeing my daughter in such pain....
I truly appreciate your help.