Pediatric Abdominal Migraines

An abdominal migraine is a type of migraine that causes pain in the middle of the abdomen.

What are Pediatric Abdominal Migraines?

An abdominal migraine is similar to a migraine headache, except the pain is felt in the middle of the abdomen instead of the head. It is more common in children than adults. The pain from an abdominal migraine can be severe and can last for several days, just like a migraine headache.  

An abdominal migraine typically affects the center of the abdomen, near the belly button. Most children who have abdominal migraines grow out of it, however, they may develop migraine headaches as adults.

What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Abdominal Migraines?

Symptoms of an abdominal migraine may include:

What are the causes of Pediatric Abdominal Migraines?

Researchers and doctors are not entirely sure what causes abdominal migraines. Some possibilities include changes in levels of serotonin (chemical produced by nerve cells) or histamine (chemical produced by the immune system) in a child’s body. Abdominal migraines may also be genetic — meaning it is inherited from a parent.


The most common triggers for abdominal migraines are:

  • Anxiety
  • Chocolate
  • Foods that contain nitrates (such as hot dogs or lunch meat)
  • Stressful situations

Risk factors

Your child may be more at risk for having abdominal migraines if there is a family history of abdominal migraines or migraine headaches.

How are Pediatric Abdominal Migraines treated?

Psychological Services for Patients with Abdominal Pain

Pediatric Abdominal Migraines Doctors and Providers

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