services and programs
Our neurology team collaborate with other specialists at the hospital to ensure that each child receives comprehensive, coordinated care. These specialists can include experts in neurosurgery, rehabilitation therapy, developmental medicine, psychology, genetic testing and many more.
Dayton Children's Hospital is accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a level 3 epilepsy center. Level 3 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.”
Learn more about our services and programs below.
idiopathic intracranial hypertension clinic (Pseudotumor Cerebri) program
Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a condition that causes increased pressure inside the brain in the absence of a brain tumor or other disease. It is often discovered when the nerve that helps with vision gets swollen due to the pressure, bringing on a change or loss of vision. Children with this diagnosis also typically experience other symptoms such as headaches and ringing of the ears.
chronic pain program
Chronic pain is a frustrating problem, especially when you don’t know what is causing it. Our specialists help patients manage pain so that they can participate in normal activities, such as school, sports and friendships.
chronic headache clinic
Headaches are a common and potentially disabling problem for children and teens. The headache clinic at Dayton Children’s focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of headache disorders in children and adolescents. Treatment is offered both in inpatient and outpatient settings and is tailored to each child’s individual needs.
epilepsy and seizures program
Some seizures are not very noticeable, while others are disabling. They may be a symptom of an underlying problem, and can be triggered by many things, such as an illness, head injury and sleep deprivation. Every patient is different, and it can take time to find the right combination of therapies that will be most effective for your child. Our level 3 epilepsy center offers the most advanced care in treating and diagnosing seizure disorders.
ketogenic diet therapy program
The ketogenic diet is a very specialized diet that can help reduce seizures in some patients. Approximately one-third of children who follow ketogenic diet therapy have greater than 90 percent seizure reduction. Another third of children have at least 50 percent seizure reduction with ketogenic diet therapy.
Patients can be admitted to Dayton Children’s for a variety of neurological concerns, such as seizures, a traumatic brain injury, stroke or headaches.
If your child has neurological concerns, we know you want to see a specialist as soon as possible. Our pediatric neurology outpatient clinics are able to schedule appointments and diagnostic tests quickly to minimize waiting.
The neurology department at Dayton Children’s offers a specialized Tourette’s clinic for evaluation and treatment of patients with Tourette’s syndrome.
Tics — sudden, repetitive movements or sounds that some people make, seemingly without being aware of it — are more common than you might realize. Many people have tics that go away in less than a year or mild tics that don't interfere with their lives.
But in some kids, tics are more severe or long lasting. If a child has tics for more than a year, it is called a chronic tic disorder. In some cases, these tics can be part of a condition called Tourette syndrome.
The tics associated with Tourette syndrome tend to get milder or go away entirely as kids grow into adulthood. Until that happens, though, parents can help their child cope with the condition.
Our multi-disciplinary clinic is led by a developmental pediatrician and staffed by neurology nurse practitioners, psychology services and social work. There isn't a specific diagnostic test for Tourette’s syndrome — instead, the doctor diagnoses it after taking a medical history and doing a physical exam. Sometimes, doctors use imaging tests like magnetic resonance imaging tests (MRIs), computerized tomography (CT) scans, electroencephalograms (EEGs), or blood tests to rule out other conditions that might have symptoms similar to Tourette’s.
Just as Tourette’s syndrome is different for every person, the treatment for it varies, too. While there isn't a cure for Tourette’s syndrome, sometimes doctors suggest medicines to help control symptoms if they start to interfere with schoolwork or daily life. But most tics do not get in the way of day-to-day life and won't need any medication.
Tourette’s syndrome is not a psychological condition, but doctors sometimes refer kids and teens to a psychologist or psychiatrist. Seeing a therapist won't stop tics, but it can help kids and teens to talk to someone about their problems, cope with stress better, and learn relaxation techniques.