There is never a good time for a migraine, but the issue is compounded when you also have to take care of your children. The unpredictable nature of migraines can make it difficult to care for a family or even plan for help last minute when the pain sets in. It may even cause you to miss out on major life moments, from school plays to Little League baseball games (Migraine.com reports that 59% of migraine sufferers have missed family events due to their migraine symptoms). Additionally, the medications that you take may produce side effects that interfere with daily life.
However, there is help for parents with migraines:
Identify and avoid migraine triggers. Migraines may be triggered by a wide variety of factors: stress, changes in weather, lack of sleep and of course, certain foods or beverages. Keep a migraine diary to help develop a clearer understanding of your own particular condition and your triggers so you can try your best to eliminate them. (Check out the free MigraineChecked app to scan and track your food and beverage triggers.)
Be prepared. Make sure you have your migraine medications readily available and take them as directed. If the medicines you are prescribed have side effects that will impact your ability to care for your children, consider asking your doctor for an alternative medication, or consider options that relieve migraine pain without any known side effects, such as Stopain Migraine topical migraine pain relieving gel available at stores and online nationwide.
Talk to your kids about your migraines. Educate your children about migraines. Help them to understand and engage them to support you (children may even enjoy being a little helper when you aren’t feeling your best). This may help calm any fears they may have when they see you having a migraine and understand why your usual routine may change on those days.
Have trusted people on call. Have close family or friends on deck for those days when it is too difficult to function and perform parenting duties. Talk with them in advance about your migraines and the childcare you may need.
Be kind to yourself. Your migraine may cause family plans to change or make you unable to attend certain events, but don’t add guilt to the mix. This may create additional stress that creates a cycle of suffering, so talk to you doctor about how you are feeling emotionally as much as physically.