A pediatric neurologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions that affect children, including infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents. These conditions may include epilepsy, cerebral palsy, migraines, developmental delays, and genetic disorders.
Pediatric neurologists have specialized training in pediatric medicine, neurology, and child development. They use a range of diagnostic tests such as neurological exams, EEGs, and imaging studies to diagnose and evaluate the extent of the neurological condition.
Pediatric neurologists work with a team of healthcare professionals, including pediatricians, nurses, and physical therapists, to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. Treatment may include medications, therapy, or other interventions, depending on the specific condition and the child’s age and overall health.
In addition to treating patients, pediatric neurologists may also conduct research to improve the understanding and treatment of neurological conditions in children. They may also educate patients and their families about neurological health and prevention measures.
To become a pediatric neurologist, one must complete a medical degree, a residency in pediatrics, and a fellowship in pediatric neurology. Certification by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology is also required.