When children suffer from seizures, migraines, headaches or other nervous system and muscle conditions, parents may not know where to turn. Pediatric Neurology at Gundersen Health System offers up-to-date and high quality care for children with a wide range of neurological disorders.
The complex nature of nervous system diseases in children often requires specialists from several areas working together. We have access to top pediatric specialists familiar with neurological disorders in children.
Pediatric neurologists evaluate children with a wide variety of nervous system and muscle conditions including:
- Epileptic seizures
- Migraine and other headaches
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders
- Tremor, chorea, and other movement disorders
- Postconcussion syndrome
- Chronic static encephalopathy
- Developmental delays and regression
- Sleep apnea, night terrors, and other sleep disorders
- Cerebral palsy
- Progressive neurodegenerative disorders
- Neonatal encephalopathy
- Abnormal skull shape in infancy
We work with patients and their families to educate them about their disorder and provide them with ongoing care and support including:
- Providing a treatment plan
- Offering clinical tests
- Providing excellent availability to patients with or without an appointment
- Offering continued care after the patient is sent home
- Providing efficient and effective follow up care
- Working closely with other specialists to ensure a full recovery
- Educating and training area school staff for emergency situations
First Seizure Clinic
At our First Seizure Clinic, our goal is to assess qualifying patients who experience their first seizure as soon as possible. A seizure can be an isolated occurrence or a sign of more serious problems, including epilepsy. We want you to have answers, and our team is committed to evaluating and treating your child as soon as possible, often within three working days.
Your child may be a candidate for the Clinic if he or she is at least 1-year-old and has recently suffered a seizure for the first time.
To evaluate, diagnose and establish a treatment plan, our First Seizure Clinic uses a team approach to provide comprehensive care for your child and family. With his or her support network nearby, your child will:
- Undergo a sleep-deprived electroencephalogram (EEG), which measures electrical activity in your child’s brain.
- Consult with a pediatric nurse practitioner, who records your child’s medical history and performs a physical exam.
- Meet with a pediatric neurologist, who discusses the results of the EEG and your child’s exam and forms a treatment plan. The plan may include additional scans of your child’s brain and/or medication to prevent future seizures.
- Talk with a pediatric neurology nurse about basic seizure first aid; lifestyle issues including sleep, screen time, physical activities and school; and how to contact Pediatric Neurology staff with any questions or follow-up care. If your child is school-aged, this education may be extended to individuals at your child’s school.
Many times we can accomplish all these steps in a single coordinated visit. However, your child may need one or more follow-up visits for an MRI or to check and adjust medications.
Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion Care Clinic
In our Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion Care Clinic, our goal is to see your child within one week of suffering a head injury. This is so important to your child's development. We want them to return to their active lives and get back to their academic studies as soon as they can. We will even provide recommendations to your child's school to assist in developmental progress and healing.
Child and Adolescent Headache Clinic
The Child and Adolescent Headache Clinic provides a multidisciplinary approach to treating a child's migraines or other headaches. Our providers will create a plan of care which may include education, healthy lifestyle modifications, and medications. The comprehensive treatment approach may include Behavioral Health experts to provide biofeedback training and counseling.
Movement Disorders Clinic
Our Movement Disorders Clinic assesses and treats abnormal movements that can occur in children and teenagers. Among these are tremors and tic disorders, including Tourette syndrome. Treatment modalities include medications and, in some cases, behavioral modification.
Gundersen Sleep Center
The Gundersen Sleep Center provides evaluation and care for children who suffer from a sleep disorder. Your child could benefit from an Electroencephalogram (EEG) or sleep study to determine the cause of their sleep issues.