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The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Headache UK launch new guidance to help schools, teachers and parents identify the students affected and ensure that they receive the appropriate attention and care that they need


School Policy Guidelines for Students with Migraine and Troublesome Headache highlights the impact of the conditions on the wellbeing and academic performance of individual pupils, and suggests simple methods for dealing with the problem.

The guidance provides advice on identifying the causes of the problem, tips on reducing the impact of migraine and headache, and easy-to-follow treatments. Schools are also provided with a series of sample policies, letters and documents that they can adapt and issue to parents and students.

Dr David Kernick, RCGP Clinical Champion for Headache and author of the policy, said:

”Most students will experience headache at some point, and for some, the impact on their school work and life at home can be significant. On average, seven days of school a year will be lost because of headache and at other times the effects will make it harder for a student to concentrate on their work.

“Yet for a number of reasons most school-age headache sufferers do not seek medical help, even when their problem is severe. It is already common for schools to address the needs of students with asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and allergies. We hope that the new guidelines will help foster a better understanding of headaches, and improve communication between schools, GPs and parents.

“Schools can play a key role in identifying the problem and encouraging pupils and their parents to seek help from their GP. Having a simple school policy in place should really help improve both the school and home life of many pupils.”

Wendy Thomas, Chair of Headache UK and Chief Executive of The Migraine Trust said

“The impact of migraine and headache, particularly on children, is often underestimated. These conditions are common among school children and can have a detrimental effect on school attendance, educational attainment and emotional wellbeing. For example, population-based studies have shown that children with migraine miss up to 82 days of school per year. By helping schools and parents understand the problem, we hope to encourage them to work together to provide better support for students affected by migraine and headache.”

Source: RCGP

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Written by Scott Buckler   
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 14:30
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 14:32


0 #1 .Advanced Nurse PractitionerAngela Jackson,
My 10 year old son has been experiencing abdominal migraines for the past 12 months. There is a definite association with the stress of difficult and lengthy home work assignmemnts, being overtired or even the excitement of an impending holiday. He can be affected for up to 3 days at a time, with abdominal pain, dizziness, vomiting and being unable to eat. I would be interested to know if the guidelines incorporate this type of migraine - which is precipitated and managed in exactly the same way as migraine headache.

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