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Staying Ahead of Headaches-Headache Help

Holly Wayment, Physician Relations Spec - Sr Marketing, Comm & Media

Host Holly Wayment, Physician Relations Specialist Sr., talks to leading pediatric experts in the field.

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Asra Akbar, MD, new member of the pediatric neurology team at University of Texas Health Science Center.


In an enlightening episode of “Pediatrics Now”, Host and Executive Producer Holly Wayment welcomes Dr. Asra Akbar. The insightful discussion covers the much-encountered issue of headaches in children, giving a detailed overview of triggers, treatments, and preventative methods for migraines. Dr. Akbar's personal experiences with migraines and her passion for the subject benefits us greatly in this discussion.

We delve into different migraine triggers and how they manifest in various symptoms. As a pediatric neurologist, Dr. Akbar also advises on when certain warning signs could indicate serious conditions like brain tumors, seizures, or meningitis, and the importance of immediate medical attention and imaging. Furthermore, we look into successful treatments and medications such as beta blockers, Topamax, and Botox, alongside alternative methods like acupuncture and lifestyle modifications.

Join us as we explore the complexities of modern lifestyle, particularly the impacts of social media on children's mental health and how it relates to pediatric migraines. In this episode, you will gain a wealth of information on identifying and managing pediatric headaches, thereby improving your child's quality of life.

Dr. Akbar shares her empathetic approach to patient care and self-care, derived from her personal migraine experiences and her journey in the medical field. We also touch on the significance of balancing a healthy diet, the risk of medication overuse, the importance of good sleep patterns, and the crucial role of parental collaboration in managing children's health.

The episode becomes even more captivating as Dr. Akbar opens up on her life as a medical practitioner, her global travels, and her passion for cooking fresh and nutritious meals. Turn in for an honest and informative discussion on pediatric migraines and a rare peek into the life and wisdom of a dedicated pediatric neurologist.


Asra Akbar, MD has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

The Pediatric Grand Rounds Planning Committee (Deepak Kamat, MD, PhD, Steven Seidner, MD, Daniel Ranch, MD and Elizabeth Hanson, MD) has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. 

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio and Deepak Kamat, MD course director and content reviewer for the activity, have reviewed all financial disclosure information for all speakers, facilitators, and planning committee members; and determined and resolved all conflicts of interests.


The UT Health Science Center San Antonio is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio designates this live activity up to a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (0.50)
Non-Physician Participation Credit (0.50)