What is a paediatric neurologist?
A paediatric neurologist looks after children and adolescents (<16 years) with problems arising from the brain, spinal cord, nerves or muscles.
What type of conditions do they diagnose, treat and manage?
A paediatric neurologist takes care of children with:
- Seizure disorders, including seizures in newborns, febrile convulsions, and epilepsy
- Medical aspects of head injuries and brain tumours
- Weakness, including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, stroke and nerve-muscle disorders
- Headaches, including migraine headaches
- Developmental disorders, including delayed speech and/or motor milestones, global developmental delay
- Coordination issues
- Intellectual disability (formerly called mental retardation)
- Syndromes that involve the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).
- Movement disorders including motor and vocal tic disorders (Tourette Syndrome), tremor, stiff muscles.
- Abnormal head size (too large or too small)
- Brain malformations or imaging abnormalities found on neuroimaging (MRI, CT)