It is difficult enough for a child or teen to have to experience a migraine at home. When one occurs at school, it can be even more difficult for him or her. Luckily, there are ways to prepare your child for a migraine at school:
- Learn the basics about it and the specific type of migraine your child has. That knowledge will remove some of the fear that you and your child may have. It also prepares you both on how to explain the condition to others and how to treat a migraine attack.
- Be sure to refill prescriptions before they are needed.
- Keep non prescriptions and other helpful items around you at all times.
- Provide all necessary information relating to your child’s migraines to teachers, school nurses, and other school officials at the beginning of each school year. Notify these people whenever your child’s migraine treatments change.
Many schools now have a “zero tolerance” policy regarding drugs that pertain not just to illicit drugs, but also to over-the-counter and prescription medications. If the school does allow students to keep their medications and take them as necessary, it is best to leave the medication in the original prescription container. Inform your child’s teacher and school nurse about your child’s health and any specific needs he or she may have at school to handle their migraines.