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10 Warning Signs of Neurological Disorders in Children

Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju

Every parent worries about the health of their child. After all, the child cannot fully realize the seriousness of the situation, cannot fully take care of themself and bear full responsibility. For this, the parent must take care of the child for most of their life until adulthood or full maturation.

Children, like adults, are susceptible to various neurological diseases. Diseases can lead to limb pain, impaired speech and coordination, headaches, anxiety, restlessness, depression, and sleep disturbance.

A timely diagnosis can not only improve the course of treatment and put the child on their feet but also prevent possible severe consequences for the child. So, they may not be able to withstand this due to their young age.

Our article will be a helpful checklist for parents. They can pay attention to 10 signs of neurological disorders in a child and prevent future health problems.

 

What Is a Neurological Disorder?

A neurological disorder in children is any disorder of the nervous system. Structural, biochemical, or electrical abnormalities in the brain, spinal cord, or other nerves can result in various symptoms. Examples of symptoms include paralysis, muscle weakness, poor coordination, loss of sensation, seizures, confusion, pain, and altered levels of consciousness.

There are many different types of neurological disorders in children. Some of them cause genetic abnormalities, while others can be the result of infections or exposure to toxins, and others can occur as a result of degenerative processes. Some diseases are present at birth, while others develop later in life. Many neurological disorders have no known cause.

 

10 Signs of Neurological Disorders Parents Should Watch Out 

As a parent, you are responsible for being aware of the signs and symptoms of neurological disorders in your children. Although these disorders are rare, they can seriously impact a child’s quality of life. Here are 10 signs of neurological disorders in babies that parents should watch out for.

Signs of neurological disorders in children

1. Abnormal Movements or Muscle Twitching

One of the common signs is the unnatural movement of the limbs or the twitching of the body’s muscles. If you notice this in your child, you should seek the help of a doctor, as the situation may worsen.

 

2. Seizures or Convulsions

If you experience sudden convulsing or have a seizure, you should immediately seek medical attention to improve your child’s condition.

 

3. Difficulty Speaking or Swallowing

During a conversation with a child, you may notice that they stutter, their speech is incoherent and slow, and their words are difficult to understand. In this case, you need to take care of the health of your child and contact a neurologist. Also, a similar symptom of neurological disorder will be a problem in swallowing both saliva and food and other liquids.

 

4. Weakness or Paralysis in One or More Limbs

If your child complains that they have impaired sensation in any limb and cannot control it normally, you should hear this wake-up call. If nothing has gone away after a short time, you should seek help.

 

5. Difficulty with Coordination or Balance

If your children fall frequently, are unable to stand steadily, and have a lot of difficulty with simple coordination tests, they should get professional help from a doctor. This sign is one of the most critical that says your baby has a neurological disorder.

 

6. Headaches or Migraines

If your first aid kit is constantly running out of headache pills, and your child suffers from this problem, they most likely have a neurological disorder that should be properly treated. In addition, constant migraines and headaches will negatively affect their general condition, mood, school performance, and life.

 

Read about the difference between headaches and migraines in our other article.

 

7. Persistent Pain in One Area of the Body

If your child constantly complains of pain in the same place in their body, you should take control of the situation and be sure to consult with your doctor to rule out a neurological disorder.

 

8. Numbness or Tingling in One or More Limbs

This sign is similar to the feeling when you can lie on your arm for a long time. However, the critical factor is that the tingling and numbness in the limb occur independently in case of neurological disorder.

 

9. Loss of Consciousness or Fainting Spells

The loss of consciousness of your child is, in any case, a reason to worry about their condition, as this signals overload in their body. Also, the case of neurological disorders is not an exception. Therefore, in this case, the help of a doctor is crucial.

 

10. Behavioral Changes or Mood Swings

If your child changes mood every five minutes, their behaviour patterns are constantly changing, do not think it’s adolescence. A neurological disorder is likely developing in their body, which should be diagnosed and treated.

 

What Can Cause Neurological Disorders in Children

Neurological disorders can be devastating for both the child and the family. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical for the best possible outcome. There are many different causes of neurological disorders in children. Here are some of the most common:

 

  1. Genetic Disorders. A genetic disorder is one of the most common causes of neurological disorders in children. These disorders are usually passed down from the parents to the child. Some genetic conditions that can cause neurological problems include cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and autism.
  2. Infections. Certain infections can also lead to neurological problems in children. For example, meningitis is a severe infection that can lead to permanent brain damage. Other infections linked to neurological issues include rubella, cytomegalovirus, and HIV.
  3. Trauma. Trauma to the head or neck can also cause neurological problems in children. This trauma can occur during birth, from a fall, or from a car accident. Traumatic brain injuries are one of the most common causes of neurological disorders in children.

 

If your child is showing signs of a neurological disorder, it is important to seek medical help immediately. For the greatest result, early diagnosis and treatment are essential. Many kids with neurological problems can have happy, healthy lives with the right care.

 

How Neurological Disorders in Children Are Diagnosed

How neurological disorders in children are diagnosed

Neurological disorders can be challenging to diagnose in children. Some diseases, such as autism, reveal themselves in behaviour. While other disorders like cerebral palsy change movement patterns. 

But many neurological disorders cannot be diagnosed by behaviour or movement alone. In these cases, doctors often rely on imaging tests, genetic tests, and other diagnostic tools to confirm a diagnosis.

 

Imaging Tests

Imaging tests can diagnose many neurological disorders in children. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and CT (computed tomography) scans are two imaging tests often used to diagnose neurological disorders. MRI scans use magnetic fields and radio waves to create brain and nervous system images. CT scans use X-rays to create detailed brain and nervous system images. These images can often help doctors identify abnormalities in the brain that may be causing a child’s symptoms of neurological disorder.

 

Genetic Tests

Genetic tests can also diagnose neurological disorders in children. Genetic tests help to look for changes in a person’s genes or chromosomes that may be causing their symptoms. Changes in genes or chromosomes cause many neurological disorders. Genetic testing can often help doctors confirm a diagnosis of a neurological disorder.

 

Other Diagnostic Tools

In some cases, doctors may also use other diagnostic tools to diagnose neurological disorders in children. These tools may include:

 

  • EEG (electroencephalography): This test measures electrical activity in the brain. EEGs can often help doctors diagnose epilepsy and other seizure disorders.
  • NCV (nerve conduction velocity): This test measures how well nerves conduct electrical signals. NCVs can often help doctors diagnose nerve damage or problems with the nervous system. 
  • EMG (electromyography): This test measures muscle activity. EMGs can often help doctors diagnose muscle diseases or problems with the nervous system. 

 

There are many different ways that doctors can diagnose neurological disorders in children. A combination of these methods is necessary in many cases to make a definitive diagnosis. If your child shows signs of a neurological disorder, talk to your doctor about which diagnostic methods may suit your child.

 

Bottom Line 

There are many warning signs of neurological disorders in children. If you notice any of these signs in your child, it is important to consult with a medical professional as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference in the long-term prognosis of children with neurological disorders.

 

FAQs

  • What are the most common neurological disorders in children?

The most common neurological disorders in children include:

  • ADHD.
  • Autism spectrum disorder.
  • Cerebral palsy.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Tourette’s syndrome.

 

  • How are neurological disorders diagnosed in children?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the diagnostic process will vary depending on the specific disorder. However, the process may generally involve a combination of medical history review, physical examination, brain imaging, and neuropsychological testing.

  • How do neurological disorders start?

The precise cause of most neurological disorders is unknown. However, in some cases, they may be due to genetic abnormalities, exposure to toxins or infections during pregnancy, or head injuries.

  • Is ADHD a neurological disorder?

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurological disorder that affects children and adults. Symptoms of ADHD include difficulty paying attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. While there is no cure for ADHD, it can be effectively managed with medication, therapy, and other interventions.

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Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
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22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
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16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
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21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
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16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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