What does a pediatric neurologist do on your first visit?

Taking your child to a doctor can be a distressing experience. It may be even more to take them to a new doctor. And it can even be intimidating to take them to a specialist, such as a pediatric neurologist. The best way to calm your nerves is to be armed with information about what will happen during your first visit to a pediatric neurologist.

Bring prepared information about your child’s neurology

As with any new doctor, it is in your best interest to provide as much information as possible for a possible diagnosis. If your child has ever had a neurological, psychological or medical examination, you should bring documentation of the results. It will be helpful to provide any supporting information from other neurologically related tests, especially school tests or evaluations. Some examples of tests where the results may be helpful include: electrophatogram (EEG), MRIs, and other laboratory work such as blood work and genetic testing. If you think there’s anything that might help your pediatric neurologist diagnose conditions like seizures or epilepsy, bring it along.

You or your child may also have concerns or questions. Preparing for your visit by making a list of such concerns will make it easier for you to get through the process of your first visit. It will also help guide your pediatric neurologist to a firmer diagnosis to provide unique information that may be overlooked by test results.

Your child’s first pediatric neurologist visit

Everything is done to make you and your child as comfortable as possible. Every child is different and experiencing neurological problems can cause a lot of friction. If you think it is helpful, please contact the office before your first visit to make the process easy and smooth.

Your first visit to a pediatric neurologist may last about an hour, depending on the number and types of tests and diagnostic procedures used for the first visit. Your specialist may use anything from asking questions about your child’s mental state to sensory exams to reflex tests, motor functions, and more.

After examining your child with all the information and tests provided, your specialist will make a diagnosis for your child unless more information and testing will be helpful. You will also be informed if a referral to another type of specialist is required, such as an occupational therapist or psychologist.

To learn more or to schedule your first pediatric neurology appointment, call 732-856-5999.

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