If your child has problems involving the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles, a child neurologist has the special training and experience to treat your child. The Paediatric neurology training is entirely different as compared to adult neurology because the spectrum of childhood disorders vary according to their age ranging from newborns to 18 years of age. Examples of such problems are seizures, delayed speech, weakness, Autism, ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactive disorder), Cerebral palsy or headaches.
Who should consult a child Neurologist?
A child with the following problems would be benefited:
- Seizure disorders: Including seizures in newborns, febrile convulsions, familial convulsions and all other types of epilepsy.
- Meningitis, encephalitis, worm in the brain, head injuries and brain tumours.
- Weakness: Including stroke, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and nerve-muscle disorders
- Headaches: Including migraines and tension headache
- Attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Autism: Including Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Behavioural disorders: Including school failure, aggressive behaviour, poor self-esteem, etc
- Tics: Tourette syndrome, and other habit disorders
- Sleep problems: Like night terrors, nightmares, etc
- Developmental disorders: Including delayed speech, motor milestones, visual and hearing impairment and coordination issues
- Intellectual disability: formerly called mental retardation
- Learning disorders: Including dyslexia, writing difficulties, math disorders, and other school-related learning problems
- Premature baby for neurodevelopmental monitoring