If your child has problems involving the nervous system, a Pediatric Neurologist has the special training and experience to treat your child. Examples of such problems are seizures, delayed speech, weakness, or headaches.
Pediatric Neurologists often diagnose, treat, and manage the following conditions:
- Seizure disorders, including seizures in newborns, febrile convulsions, and epilepsy
- Medical aspects of head injuries and brain tumors
- Weakness, including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and nerve-muscle disorders
- Headaches, including migraines
- Behavioral disorders, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), school failure, autism, and sleep problems
- Developmental disorders, including delayed speech, motor milestones, and coordination issues
- Mental retardation
Pediatric Neurologists combine the special expertise in diagnosing and treating disorders of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, muscles, nerves) with an understanding of medical disorders in childhood and the special needs of the child and his or her family and environment.
In many cases, child neurologists work as a team with pediatricians or other primary care doctors. In addition, child neurologists may work with other pediatric specialists to care for children who have more complex or serious medical issues, such as epilepsy, birth defects, or mental retardation. These are chronic conditions that require ongoing care and close follow-up throughout childhood and adolescence.
For more information about Pediatric Neurology clinic and services at the Neuroscience center, please visit: http://musom.marshall.edu/medctr/neuroscience/