Nervous System

Nervous System

The nervous system is made of all the nerves in the body, including the brain and spinal cord. The nerves are cords that send messages from one part of the body to another, using electrical impulses. Some children are born with nervous system problems. Others develop problems from injuries or infections. Exams and tests can help doctors find the problem. The treatment for a nervous system problem may include a medicine or surgery.

Topics on children's nervous systems include:

  • acute disseminated encephalomyelitis or ADEM
  • astrocytoma
  • ataxia
  • arteriovenous malformation
  • Bell's palsy
  • brachial plexus injury
  • brain tumors
  • dizziness
  • encephalomalacia
  • glioblastoma multiforme
  • Guillain-Barré
  • headache
  • infantile syncope
  • intraventricular hemorrhage
  • hydrocephalus
  • microcephaly
  • migraines
  • motion sickness
  • multiple sclerosis
  • neurofibromatosis
  • paralysis
  • Refsum's disease
  • shunts
  • strokes in infants and children
  • tethered spinal cord
  • trigeminal neuralgia

Headache Webinar Handouts (PDF)

Speaker: Marcy Yonker, MD

              Pediatric Headache Specialist

              Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital

More information

Bowel Control in Children with Spinal Cord Injuries and Spina Bifida - English

Concussion in a Child 3 Years Old or Older - English | Spanish

EEG or Electroencephalogram - English | Spanish

Febrile Seizures - English | Spanish

Head Injury - English | Spanish

Hydrocephalus - EnglishSpanish

Migraine Headaches - EnglishSpanish

MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging - English | Spanish

Returning to Organized Athletic Activity after a Concussion - English | Spanish

Seizures - English | Spanish | Kinyarwanda

Shunts to Treat Hydrocephalus - English | Spanish

Spinal Tap or Lumbar Puncture - English | Spanish

Visit these websites for more information:

Brain Tumor - National Cancer Institute

Epilepsy - U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health - Your source of in-depth information about epilepsy

Headache in Children - National Headache Foundation

Hope for Hypothalamic Hamartomas - Understanding HH, Online Forum & More

Information about Hydrocephalus - Phoenix Children's Hospital, Children's Health Encyclopedia

Learning about Hydrocephalus - Hydrocephalus Association

Seizures - U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health

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