A child neurologist, or pediatric neurologist, is a doctor who treats children who have problems with their nervous system. Problems in the nervous system can start in the brain, spine, nerves, or muscles. These can lead to problems such as seizures, headaches, or developmental delays.
Child neurologists treat children from birth into young adulthood. They choose to make the care of children the core of their medical practice, and their advanced training and experience equip them to meet your child's unique needs.
What types of services do child neurologists provide?
Child neurologists often diagnose, treat, and manage the following conditions:
Seizures and epilepsy
Muscle problems which may cause weakness, such as: muscular dystrophy or neuropathy
Headaches, including migraines and concussions
Behavioral disorders, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), tics and Tourette Syndrome, and sleep problems
Developmental disorders, including cerebral palsy, delayed speech, delayed motor milestones, and coordination issues
Congenital malformations, which are problems in how the brain forms or develops
Stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Genetic conditions that affect the nervous system
Autoimmune problems that impact the brain and spinal cord (such as multiple sclerosis)
Infections or inflammation of the brain (such as meningitis or encephalitis)
If you or someone you're with may be having a stroke, pay particular attention to the time the symptoms began. Some treatment options are most effective when given soon after a stroke begins.
Signs and symptoms of stroke include:
Trouble speaking and understanding what others are saying. You may experience confusion, slur your words or have difficulty understanding speech.
- Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg. You may develop sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis in your face, arm or leg. This often affects just one side of your body. Try to raise both your arms over your head at the same time. If one arm begins to fall, you may be having a stroke. Also, one side of your mouth may droop when you try to smile.
Problems seeing in one or both eyes. You may suddenly have blurred or blackened vision in one or both eyes, or you may see double.
- Headache. A sudden, severe headache, which may be accompanied by vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness, may indicate that you're having a stroke.
- Trouble walking. You may stumble or lose your balance. You may also have sudden dizziness or a loss of coordination.