Be your child’s friend. Neurologist's advice

30 November 2020, Monday

Anna Shmonina, a neurologist of the Children's City Hospital with a Perinatal Center in Nizhnekamsk, shared some advice for young parents.

"They come to a neurologist with various diseases.  80% of these cases are epilepsy, paroxysmal conditions, fainting, consciousness disorders, migraines, encephalitis, transient ischemic attacks (these are stroke-like conditions), and of course, psychosomatic diseases.

Neurological diseases are detected in different ways. Either the pediatrician detects such disorders, or the patient's mother notices a problem of speech or psychomotor development. Nowadays, cases with speech development are widespread; it is a global problem in the modern world.

Finding out whether a child has a severe condition or psychosomatic issue can be figured out by a neurologist. A specialist should search for and exclude any organic reasons for the disease. Parents should not neglect the problem, to recognize it in time.  Often, parents do not know and do not understand how to see that boundary where the condition is no longer a norm and becomes an illness. Usually, they prefer to avoid an issue, choosing to soothe themselves.

A restless sleep, frequent crying, regurgitation, sharp arms, legs, and head movements should alert parents. Serious problems, such as seizures, rough delay of motor development, are the reasons to seek medical assistance. There is nothing wrong with an exaggerated mom's worry. In the best case, the doctor's consultation will reduce mom's anxiety, or the neurologist will prescribe additional examinations to ensure no issues are present.

As for teenagers, you should consider that the hormonal balance changes characterize this period. There are dizziness, mood swings and sleep disorders, fluctuations in blood pressure. Most often, they pass without an intervention of a specialist. Most complaints do not require additional examination and treatment, except, for example, the correction of the day's regime or the amount of additional exercise.

We often see that the problems come from the school because the education system itself has changed when the Unified Stated Exams appeared. It was much easier for our generation to learn. Now you simply cannot be behind in learning. Teachers are under pressure, and parents are under pressure, and parents put extra pressure on their children.  There is a conflict between parents and children. But no matter what the situation is, it is necessary to remain a friend for your child, support him/her in everything, and not demand more from him/her what he/she is capable of. This guarantees your child's psychological health.”

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