A child’s neurological system, much like that of an adult, is complex. The neurological system, which includes the brain, nerves and spinal cord, serves as the command center for your child’s entire body. It is also a rapidly changing work in progress: During the first five years of life, your child’s brain grows to nearly 90% of the size of an adult brain. Your child’s brain reaches its largest physical size at around age 11 for girls and 14 for boys, but it will not be fully developed or matured until the mid-20s.
Because of this, problems that arise in the brain or nervous system system during childhood can cause serious complications and developmental delays. A child’s neurological system requires advanced, high-quality levels of care and treatment.
If your child has health concerns involving his or her head, neck, spine or brain, a child neurologist can help. Our providers are board-certified in pediatrics, neurology and child neurology, and they have access to leading-edge care for the diagnosis, evaluation, management and treatment of pediatric neurologic disorders and neurologic conditions.
Providers at our Kentucky Neuroscience Institute Clinic in Lexington see child neurology patients on an outpatient basis. If your child requires inpatient hospital neurology care, such as monitoring, he or she may stay at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital or at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Both facilities are staffed by pediatric specialists and have access to MRI, video electroencephalogram and other tests to determine the treatment and care your child requires.
UK HealthCare offers one of the best child neurology programs in the country and provides diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Brain injury
- Brain tumor
- Cerebral palsy
- Developmental disorders
- Muscle weakness (myopathy)
- Neurological problems of neonates (including seizures, strokes and hypoxic injuries) in conjunction with UK Neonatology
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Tourette’s disorder
- Tuberous sclerosis
UK HealthCare has been named the No. 1 Hospital in Kentucky for five consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. We also work closely with the Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs to make advanced neurological care accessible and affordable to families in Eastern Kentucky.
UK HealthCare’s Child Neurology program is part of our Comprehensive Stroke Center. Our pediatric patients with epilepsy benefit from the care of the two pediatric epiloptologists who are part of the UK Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and Kentucky Children’s Hospital offers four epilepsy monitoring rooms.
UK HealthCare also provides advanced treatment, such as the new genetic treatments currently available for some children with spinal muscular atrophy. The DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic that includes neurosurgery and pediatric hematology-oncology, treats primary and secondary brain tumors in children.
Two of our child neurology providers were named on the Best Doctors in America List for 2019, among more than 150 of their colleagues. Our child neurology providers average a 4.6 out of 5-star rating on patient satisfaction surveys, illustrating that advanced technology is only successful when combined with personalized, compassionate care.