Pediatric Neurology

What is a Pediatric Neurologist?

A pediatric neurologist specializes in treating child-specific neurological conditions. These specialists provide medical treatment for children from birth until they reach young adulthood (i.e., 18 or 19 years of age).

To specialize in pediatric neurology, a medical doctor must take advanced training courses and attain clinical experience in this particular area of practice.

What Does a Pediatric Neurologist Do?

A pediatric neurologist uses the symptoms a child is experiencing, his or her medical history, a physical examination along with state-of-the-art diagnostic testing to determine if a neurological problem is causing the child’s symptoms.

A pediatric neurologist typically diagnoses, treats and manages:

  • Muscular dystrophy.
  • Autoimmune issues that affect the spinal cord and brain (e.g., multiple sclerosis).
  • Neuropathy.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Seizures.
  • Rett syndrome.
  • Headaches (e.g., concussions, migraines).
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Behavioral disorders (e.g., attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [ADHD])
  • Sleep problems.
  • Tourette syndrome (aka Tourette’s).
  • Tics.
  • Developmental disorders (e.g., delayed speech, cerebral palsy, problems with coordination, delays in meeting milestones related to motor skills).
  • Congenital brain malformations.
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • Intellectual disabilities.
  • Genetic conditions affecting the nervous system.
  • Stroke.
  • Brain tumors.
  • Infections and inflammation of the brain (e.g., encephalitis, meningitis).

Why Would Parents Take Their Child to a Pediatric Neurology Clinic?

Problems with a child’s nervous system can arise due to issues related to the brain, spine, muscles or nerves. If neurological problems exist, a child may experience headaches, seizures or developmental delay. When a child experiences symptoms such as these, his or her pediatrician may recommend that the parents schedule an appointment with a pediatric neurologist. Parents should call 978-687-2321 to make an appointment with one of the experienced and compassionate pediatric neurologists at New England Neurological Associates (NENA).

Symptoms that may require a visit to a pediatric neurologist include a child:

  • Having difficulty maintaining his or her balance.
  • Experiencing frequent, severe or long-lasting headaches.
  • Falling into unconsciousness without a specific reason.
  • Having difficulty remembering (i.e., memory loss).
  • Experiencing numbness, tingling or a lack of sensation.
  • Having unexplained pain.
  • Experiencing difficulty walking or moving around.
  • Having seizures.
  • Experiencing tremors/shaking.
  • Making unintentional movements or experiencing tics.
  • Displaying delays in development.
  • Having problems related to his or her overall coordination or some other issue relating to motor function.


When a child receives a diagnosis for a neurological condition, or is experiencing any of the issues listed above, he or she will most likely need treatment or monitoring. A pediatric neurologist is the professional specializing in this type of care.

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