Brain and Nerves
A child who has seizures, delayed development (such as sitting, speaking, walking), weakness, unusual headaches or abnormal movements should see a doctor who specializes in the care of children’s brain or nervous system disorders.
A pediatric neurologist has been specially trained to understand a child’s developing nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, muscles, and nerves, and to treat diseases that affect the nervous system.
Clinical advances and new research have brought pediatric neurology into a new era. At University of Iowa Children’s Hospital we work with patients and their families to educate them about their disorder and provide them with ongoing care and support.
Our services include evaluation and treatment of a range of disorders, including:
- Developmental delays
- Sleep disorders
- Muscle and nerve diseases leading to weakness
- Genetic disorders of the brain and nervous system
Iowa Comprehensive Epilepsy Program (ICEP) offers specialized care for infants and children who have epilepsy, and related conditions. The Pediatric Outpatient Clinic focuses on the comprehensive diagnosis, education, and management of seizures, spells, and epilepsy.
In February 2015, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital was named a Certified Duchenne Care Center by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), a nonprofit organization leading the fight to end Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne) and demanding optimal care for all people with Duchenne. UI Children’s Hospital is the seventh center to be certified by PPMD, recognizing the Hospital’s dedication to improving care for people living with Duchenne.
Pediatric neuromuscular services are also available in several communities throughout Iowa.