How to Know if your Child has a Neurological Disorder
Diagnosing children for diseases is a challenging task since most of them fail to clearly explain their symptoms and distresses to the physician. Parents must watch out for visible signs of distress and difficulty of their child so that they can explain them to the paediatric doctor or any general physician. Neurological disorders in children are even more difficult to observe and identify as they often manifest in subtle hard to notice signs and symptoms. Since most neurological disorders are progressive, the signs and symptoms keep on increasing in severity and it is often too late when parents notice that something is seriously wrong. Keep reading to find out 6 essential early warning signs for parents that their child might be developing or already having a neurological disorder.
If you observe your child having fits and seizures characterized by uncontrollable shaking of the arms and legs, breathing trouble, or going into a trance-like stare for long periods, then your child may be having an epileptic seizure and this can be a significant cause of concern for you to seek medical counsel.
- Floppy Baby
If your newborn baby is floppy in the sense that he/she is not able to demonstrate sufficient strength in their muscles and ligaments to support themselves, then this is one of the more visible signs of an underlying neurological disorder wherein the nervous system is not able to send signals to the different parts of the body.
- Staring/Unresponsive Episodes
Absence seizures are more subtle forms of seizures that occur more often in children than in adults. Parents should be highly observant of the whereabouts of their child inside the house to notice when these take place. Typically the child sits or lies down and stares into emptiness without any response to external stimuli when this happens.
- Abnormal Muscle Tone
In case of abnormal muscle tone, what happens is that the nerves are not able to send accurate signals to the muscle fibres during contraction and relaxation, resulting in erroneous muscle contractions which can cause unnecessary stiffness and often pain the muscles.
- Stunted Learning
This can be characterised by delayed learning in speech and motor skills of your child. Although such delayed learning cannot always be associated with neurological problems. In some cases, it may be linked to other congenital disorders like autism but in most cases, it is normal since each child is different and has their own pace of learning. If this delay is unusually long, only then it should be considered as a cause of concern for parents.
- Delayed Developmental Milestones
Developmental milestones are the age-specific activities that your child starts doing. For example, for your infant, it means that in their first month they learn to recognize human faces and their parents’ voice and well into their twelfth month, they learn to crawl and sit up independently. If these developmental milestones are significantly delayed, then that could be because of underlying neurological problems.
Since neurological disorders are much harder to gauge in children than in adults, parents need to have quick access to consulting medical practitioners to ensure the health and well-being of their child. The services of MediBuddy can be useful for such parents to have easy and fast medical assistance. [av_promobox button='yes' label='Consult Now ' link='https://www.medibuddy.in/?utm_source=blog_cta&utm_medium=blog' link_target='' color='blue' custom_bg='#f00' custom_font='#ffffff' size='large' icon_select='no' icon='ue800' font='entypo-fontello']For more information, you can always talk to a doctor online on MediBuddy.[/av_promobox]