How to survive a migraine with young kids


Survive is the best you can do when you have a migraine and young children. Since I’ve been a chronic migraineur since I was 16, it’s all I’ve really known. According to my doc, mine are a little different than typical migraines because almost every single migraine I get comes from neck pain. The few others are from drinking too much (aka 3 drinks instead of 2 or less over the course of the entire evening) or going to a concert where it’s loud and usually has flashing lights.

You can avoid all the controllable triggers but there are still plenty of triggers for people like me that are completely out of my control. For example, the weather, my husband’s music and movies, my children, stress, lighting if I have to leave my house etc.


“Not all migraines Will be full blown, level 9/10. But all migraines can BECOME full blown, level 9/10”. In my experience people without chronic migraines don’t understand the various levels a chronic migraineur will experience migraines at. Some don’t have the throbbing pain, but have every other symptom. Some have the throbbing pain, noise, smell, aura and other sensitivities but can stand some amounts of light. Others yet are there with everything, but as long as it starts quiet, blinds stay closed, you can mostly function normally. And of course, the typical migraine that everyone at least knows of if not have experienced, the kill-me-now-chop-off-my-bloody-fing-head-i-just-want-to-die migraine.


So how do you survive a full blown migraine with young children and no help?

1: Bring baby with you. Tickle the toes, snuggle and play with their favorite toy usually is enough to keep baby happy and quiet. Plus it lowers your stress of wondering about baby.


If you can, let in a small amount of light.

2: Unlimited media time. Yes I said it. Unlimited media time. Basically when you have a full blown migraine the only thing you care about is keeping it quiet. If letting your older ones play quietly on the xbox, watch movies, play ABCMouse, whatever, let them do it. Like my doc said after I had a meltdown because I had to let them have too much media time several days in a row, it’s not going to kill them.


3: Easy meals. When it’s a migraine, good chance you won’t be able to stand for long, let alone cook. Order pizza, heat up a freezer meal, forget the extras. Just make sure when you are back to your normal that you feed them properly.

Any tips or tricks you would add?


14 thoughts on “How to survive a migraine with young kids

  1. mamasick says:

    I do suffer from the guilt of letting my son watch videos or play games when I am down for the count, but seeing it from someone else makes me feel less guilty, thank you!

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  2. I never do unlimited media time when I’m watching my friend’s kids….except for the time I had a migraine. Not just any migraine, but a “help, I can’t move at all” migraine. That night was a Netflix and easy mac night.


  3. I love your truth and honesty with this. When you are dealing with pain to this intensity or cannot move due to Vertigo but have small people at home, you have to cut back. This is not the day for being an educator or the funniest mummy or ensuring the kids get their 5 a day of fruit and veg. This is the day to keep them safe from harm and alive. Back to basics.
    When you allow yourself to lower your expectations of yourself then you can win quite easily. Age appropriate screen time, snacks and a hot meal from the microwave or delivery guy, mixed with a healthy dose of reinforcing to our kids about just how much we love them, and that’s it. Job done. You just won at being a mummy when chronically ill I’m a flare of some sort. Well done! Thanks for joining the #weekendblogshare

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  4. All credit due to you, I am of no use when I have a migraine and can’t even look after myself. It always worries me as I so want kids in the future and worry about coping. I don’t know how you manage it. This fills me with hope. x

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