Pediatric Neurological Examination
What is Pediatric Neurological Examination?
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
What can I expect with Pediatric Neurological Examination?
The pediatric neurologist may use instruments, such as lights and reflex hammers. This is typically a painless exam. During the neurological exam, the doctor will check one or more of the following:
- Balance and coordination
- Mental health (level of awareness and interaction with the environment)
- Motor and sensory skills
- Nerve function
Frequently Asked Questions
Why would my child need a neurological exam?
A pediatrician may recommend that a child undergo a neurological exam if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Changes in balance or coordination
- Changes in behavior
- Decrease in movement of the arms or legs
- Injury to the head, neck or back
- Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
- Slurred speech