Migraine and lifestyle in childhood

Gerardo Casucci, Veronica Villani, Florindo d’Onofrio, Antonio Russo

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Migraine is one of the most frequently reported somatic complaints in childhood, with a negative impact on health-related quality of life. The incidence of migraine in childhood has substantially increased over the past 30 years, probably due to both increased awareness of the disease and lifestyle changes in this age group. Indeed, several conditions have been identified as risk factors for migraine in childhood. Amongst these, dysfunctional family situation, the regular consumption of alcohol, caffeine ingestion, low level of physical activity, physical or emotional abuse, bullying by peers, unfair treatment in school and insufficient leisure time seem to play a critical role. Nevertheless, there are only few studies about the association between migraine and lifestyle in childhood, due to previous observations specifically focused on “headache” in children. In this brief review, we will concentrate upon recent studies aimed to explore migraine and lifestyle risk factors in childhood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-100
Number of pages4
JournalNeurological Sciences
Publication statusPublished - May 30 2015


  • Childhood
  • Children lifestyle
  • Migraine
  • Trigger factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology
  • Medicine(all)

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