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It’s really difficult to explain to people who have never had one, just how miserable it can be. In fact, I often wonder if my husband and loved ones think I’m just being dramatic and looking for an excuse to nap. (Kidding. Kind of.)
My grandma has told me that she remembers me being a very little girl and coming home from Kindergarten in tears and refusing to play, instead, choosing to lie on the couch trying so hard to keep light out of my eyes and be so so so still.
Years later, I witnessed my younger brother deal with the debilitating pain when he was as little as 5 or 6 years old. I remember alternating wet wash cloths to fold across his little forehead and listening to him moan on the couch.
And now, even more years later, I’ve watched Henry fight them too.
It breaks my heart right into two pieces. Maybe, and especially because, I know exactly how he feels.
How the slightest movement can send him spinning. Light can feel like a spear gouging your eyes out. Sound can almost knock the wind right out of you and send you reeling. And nausea. Oh the nausea.
Not only is it excruciating to watch, but as a parent, I feel so helpless. After all, I know that giving him acetaminophen or ibuprofen is about as effective at combating the pounding as eating a jelly bean.
So I encourage him to lie ever so still. Don’t move, Honey. Try not to cry, Love. Just relax and focus on breathing. It will go away and then, yes, you can go back outside and ride your bike. I promise. I know it’s not fair. Just lie still.
It’s a bit of dejavu to apply the compresses to his tiny head. I’ve done this before for a different little boy. I remember praying that my own children didn’t inherit this awfulness too. But he has. And I think Jill has too.
Luckily, it isn’t a super common occurrence, but I did take advantage of asking our neurologist (because Jill sees one regularly for her epilepsy) about it. I wanted to know if I needed to bring him in too. She said that so long as it wasn’t a regular thing, he was fine and to just work on relieving pain in the most natural way possible.
When Medical Arts Press (a subsidiary of Staples) asked me to review and give away a set of migraine relief products, I immediately thought of my sweet 6 year old boy.
BioFreeze is amazing stuff. Have you ever tried this? It’s an all natural gel that you apply to any point of pain (externally of course). I was actually given some of this by a chiropractor years ago for some crazy back and shoulder pain I was experiencing, and I’ve been a fan ever since. It basically makes the area super ultra icy cold and feels fantastic. I had never thought of using it for migraines but I can TOTALLY see how it would feel amazing. It’s approved for anyone over 2 years of age, so I will definitely be trying this out the next time EITHER of us has a migraine. (For a video on why/how it works, see here. It’s really quite fascinating.)
Pain Relief Mask Eye Pillow. At 6 years old, Henry has a hard time blocking out sounds and wants to look up constantly. This mask will solve three issues simultaneously for him: 1) it will keep his eyes closed and therefore painful light out; 2) the pressure of the mask will help (because anyone with a migraine knows that pressure is a God send); and 3) it can be put in the freezer/fridge to add yet another layer of cold, pain inhibiting relief. I know he’s going to feel silly wearing it at first, but I’m actually really excited about it. I really think it’s going to be hugely helpful.
Massage Roller. Have you ever tried one of these?! We actually already have one, and yet again, another thing I had never thought about using on Henry. Maybe I can get him to relax, ever so slightly, if I run this over his little back?
The biggest issue (beyond the migraine itself, obviously) with a young child is keeping them still and quiet enough to not make things worse. Frankly, even just keeping them from moaning and crying is a huge task. Because the poor little guys are just hurting and you have to remind them that to feel better, they have to lay as quiet and still as possible.
While I’m not excited at the prospect of his next migraine episode, I do feel a little better about having some tools that might help him (and leave me not quite so helpless!). And yeah…totally gonna try it on myself too next time.
Medical Arts Press primarily serves practitioners offices with supplies, but they have lots of consumer products too, like the ones listed above.
And they’d love to give one of these migraine relief kits away to you!
To enter to win, just leave ONE comment telling me about your history with migraines. (And it can be “I’ve never had one!”). (one entry per person)
I’ll select a winner on Monday, April 14th.
*Disclosure: I was compensated to share with you about Medical Arts Press and also received a migraine relief kit of my own. But my stories are real, as are my opinions. Also, that picture of Henry is from a million years ago, but he was actually sick, so it worked. ;)