Last Updated on July 5, 2021 by The Health Master
Neurological disorder in kids: Treat without delay
Neurological disorders in children occur when something is abnormal in the brain, nervous system or muscle cells. These disorders can vary from epilepsy to migraine headaches to tic or movement disorders and more.
Children are either born with the disorder, such as spina bifida or hydrocephalus (fluid in the brain), or they acquire the disorder later in life as a result of a traumatic injury or serious infection.
Watch out for these Warning signs
- Abnormal muscle tone at birth
- Seizures, Floppy baby
- Subtle staring and unresponsive behaviour
- Slow motor skills
- Decrease in developmental milestones
Speaking on the problem of neurological disorders in the children, Dr Jatinder Goraya, Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), said many people still believed in the myth that neurological problems existed only in adults.
“There are numerous cases where children, too, suffer from neurological disorders and parents, in order to avoid medical consultation, try to cure the disease by going to religious places or seeking intervention of spiritual godmen,” he added.
Sharing a case, Dr Goraya stated that around two years back, a couple had brought their 12-year-old son to DMCH after he experienced mild fits while getting ready for school. The child was referred to Dr Goraya.
“While it is hard to know when to seek specialised medical care for your child, our paediatric experts recommend a quick evaluation by your child’s doctor if your child is showing a decline in developmental milestones.
Early diagnosis and intervention is important. If your child’s normal behaviour has changed dramatically, call their paediatrician for an evaluation,” said Dr Goraya.