A neurological examination assesses the function of a child’s brain, spinal cord and nerves.
Typically performed in a doctor’s office or clinic, a neurological examination checks the function of a child’s nervous system. This important system includes the brain, spinal cord and the nerves that connect them. A neurological exam may be performed:
At a newborn physical
At the well-child checkup
Following any type of birth defect to the head or spine
To follow the progression of a neurological condition
Reasons to undergo a neurological exam
A pediatrician may recommend that a child undergo a neurological exam if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms: