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MADISON (WMSN) -- If you've ever heard your child complaining to you about a headache, did you ever think they may be having a migraine?
About 1 in 10 children get chronic migraines. When children reach adolescence, the number rises to about 2 in 5 children getting chronic migraines.
Doctors hope there is away to treat them with prescriptions already out there.
One 13-year-old shows us, it works.
"It's like someone is hitting me in the head with a hammer, it does not feel good," said 13-year-old Avery Scribner.
The 7th grader says he started getting migraines at 12-years-old.
"That makes me want to do nothing but just lay down and rest, its really hard to be with family and friends," said Avery.
"He missed a couple days of school and has to miss out a lot when he has headaches," said Sarah Stark, Avery's Mother.
That is until a doctor diagnosed it as migraines.
"We can try to nip it in the bud when it starts," says Stark.
It's stories like these Doctor Leslie Taylor sees all too often.
"We've seen it in kindergartners," said Dr. Leslie Taylor, Executive Director of the Dean Foundation.
Now, Doctor Taylor is conducting a study to find out if adult prescription medications treating migraines work for children.
"There hasn't been any study that's shown its safe for a child and adolescent with migraine headaches," said Dr. Taylor.
Dr. Taylor would not say which prescription is being used in the study, but it is sponsored by the drug company.
"They come in to be screened and make sure they're eligible and go home with drug and than once they have a headache they treat it," said Dr. Taylor.
Signs to look out for include pain on one side of the head, noise light and sound sensitivity. Some patients have found migraines can cause vomiting.
The biggest way Sarah prevents it from happening, is by listening to her son.
"Keep a diary of what happens and try and get a diagnosis. They'll be much happier," said Stark.
The Avery is not in the study the Dean Foundation is performing.
His doctor however, does prescribe him prescription medication to treat his severe migraines.
If you're worried you're child may have migraines, its best to call your doctor.
Doctor Taylor is looking for about a dozen more families to take part in two six month studies.
If you're interested, call the Dean Foundation at (608) 827-2300.
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