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Neurological Problems in Children

Neurological diseases don't just affect adults. Some babies are born with neurological disorders. Other neurological problems may develop in childhood or adolescence. Since the child's entire lifetime is at risk, problems affecting children are especially concerning. However, not all neurological problems have long-term consequences for children. Learn more about signs and symptoms of which you should be aware, and more about the neurological disorders that affect children of different ages.

Generalized Epilepsy Syndromes of Childhood
There are so many types of epilepsy syndromes that it is useful to divide them by age and severity. Here we look at generalized epilepsy syndromes in children over the age of two in which learning and development will likely be normal.

Tics
Tics are abnormal movements or behaviors that are preceded by an irresistible urge. Despite their association with Tourette's syndrome, tics are very common in childhood, and do not usually signify something more serious.

Febrile Seizures: Q&A
A review of a common cause of seizures in children.

About Learning Disabilities
The About Learning Disabilities Guide Site

When Kids Have Headaches
An introduction to pediatric headaches

Hereditary Ataxias
The lack of coordination called ataxia can be caused by environmental factors such as alcohol, but can also be inherited in several different ways.

Spinocerebellar Ataxia
Spinocerebellar ataxia causes clumsy movements, can occur in adults as well as children, depending on the severity of the disease.

Episodic Ataxia
Episodic ataxia is a rare group of genetic disorders that cause to attacks of clumsiness which may be associated with dizziness.

What is Ataxia?
Ataxia is the medical term for clumsiness. Lack of coordination can be caused by many things, but is usually associated with the cerebellum.

Benign Seizures of Infancy
Watching their newborn baby have a seizure is a terrifying experience for parents, but not all seizures portend a serious outcome for the child. Here are some of the less severe forms of infant epilepsy.

Serious Epilepsy Syndromes in Infants
While some forms of epilepsy that affect children do not lead to serious problems down the road, others can cause developmental delay or even early death. Here are some of the epilepsy syndromes that can be the hardest on parents of newborn children.

Partial Epilepsy Syndromes of Childhood
There are many types of childhood epilepsy. Some affect children over the age of two, and others only impact infants. Some cause the whole body to shake (generalized seizures), and others only initially shake part of the body (partial seizures). Some are associated with learning problems and developmental disability, though many are not. Here...

Serious Epilepsy Syndromes in Children
The term "serious" epilepsy syndrome can mean that in addition to seizures, a child with epilepsy may suffer from developmental delays or learning disabilities. It is important for families to realize that while the way ahead may be challenging, help is available.

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