Suffer the Little Children (Part 1 of 2)

Consulting a dictionary to find the precise meaning of a word teaches us that words have more than one interpretation! ‘Suffer’ is just such a word. 

Setting aside its New Testament meaning of ‘to tolerate,’ we will focus on the modern turn of phrase, meaning a ‘bad or painful experience.’

‘Suffer the little children?’ Indeed, children DO suffer from the migraine condition. Now, we adults in the room can begin to slow or maybe even stop the migraine condition early on and allow children to reach their full potential and change the course of genetic inheritance.

Are you a migraine sufferer? I’m sure you don’t enjoy it. Here’s your chance to minimize or even help your child avoid that experience. If you won’t do it for yourself – at least do it for your child. 

How will you know if your child is suffering from migraines? You’ve already come up with the first clue: Is the migraine condition part of your family’s genetic inheritance? Yes? Then assume that your child is at risk of migraines – until a competent medical doctor or, even better – a pediatric migraine specialist – has given you good news to the contrary.

Just as medical science has made advances by leaps and bounds in the treatment of cancer, it has advanced dramatically regarding migraines. 

Because my migraines presented differently from previous generations of women in my family, and because those symptoms in childhood were not recognized as related to migraines by most family practitioners at the time, I was never treated against migraines as a child. Yet, I was exhibiting symptoms from a very early age.

Aren’t migraines simply really bad headaches? How can the average parent guess that a colicky baby, or a child that suffers nighttime nausea and vomiting or bouts of constipation – is actually suffering from the migraine condition? Migraine headaches are only one of the symptoms of the migraine condition. 

Migraines can present very differently in children. The words ‘prevention is better than a cure’ will never ring truer nor be more easily preventable than for a child.

American-born neurologist Doctor Wilder Penfield, the founder of the Montreal Neurological Institute, taught that children’s brains are like sponges for absorbing knowledge – he observed his own children being exposed simultaneously to multiple languages at a very young age, learning each language and not mixing them up. 

His influence on my parents resulted in my being fluent in three languages at six years of age (now four and counting…).

Helping adults overcome their resistance to treating themselves better is the greatest challenge I will ever encounter. While adults may intellectually resist learning or practicing various therapeutic techniques, children have the open-mindedness and curiosity to learn healthy practices. 

Children show less resistance than many adults toward adopting lifestyle changes and demonstrate greater open-mindedness toward learning therapies that allow them to strengthen their immune systems and gain greater control over their autonomic body systems. 

That will help them resist, delay, minimize, and may even allow them to avoid migraines entirely as they enter their teenage years.


  • Carla Piringer

    Related to noted medical professionals, afflicted with an inherited excruciating migraine condition, the author followed traditional medical and alternative therapies, now living migraine-free for over 35 years. She now shares her doctor-recommended method in her book to inspire sufferers to find significant pain relief.

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