Principles and Practice of Child Neurology in Infancy

Product Type: Print Edition (Complete Book)

ISBN: 9781908316356

Colin Kennedy (Editor)

Series: Mac Keith Press Practical Guides

Edition: 1st

Publication date: November 2012

Page count: 384

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Practical Guide

This handbook of neurological practice in infants is designed to be of practical use to all clinicians, but particularly those in under-resourced locations.

Seventy per cent of children with disabilities live in resource-poor countries and most of these children have neurological impairments.

This book presents recommendations for investigations and treatments based on internationally accepted good practice that can be implemented in most settings.

The book is divided into two parts: Principles and Clinical settings, with the latter taking a symptom-based approach. The contributors have approached their chapters using an accessible, didactic style and consistent organization of material. The emphasis throughout is on clinical methods, the use of appropriate investigations and treatments, and the avoidance of unnecessary or potentially harmful interventions.

For quick reference, all chapters feature boxes highlighting key messages, common errors, and when to worry. The book is designed to be carried round as a handy reference.


All those providing care for children with neurological problems, including those in resource-poor settings. This includes paediatric neurologists but also neonatologists, general paediatricians, community paediatricians, specialists in neurodisability, paediatric rehabilitation, epilepsy and paediatric neurology. The book also includes information that would be useful to specialist nurses and final-year medical students.

Colin Kennedy (Editor)

Professor Colin Kennedy

Colin Kennedy is Professor of Neurology and Paediatrics at the University of Southampton and a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, and principal investigator on several long term funded studies, including those requiring national or international collaboration.

He is a former president of the European Paediatric Neurology Society and the British Paediatric Neurology Association, and a past convenor of the European Committee of National Advisers in Paediatric Neurology. He has a particular interest in the care of children with neurological problems in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

  • 1 Terms, definitions and concepts - Colin Kennedy
  • 2 Interprofessional working: user and carer involvement - Audrone Prasauskiene and Maryze Schoneveld van der Linde
  • 3 Clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine - Andrew L. Lux
  • 4 Promoting child development - Boika Rechel and Dainius Puras
  • 5 Neurological and neurodevelopmental assessment - Leena Haataja, Vittorio Belmonti and Giovanni Cioni
  • 6 Prevention of neurological disease in infants - Jane Williams and Colin Kennedy
  • 7 Cranial imaging - Brigitte Vollmer
  • 8 Neurophysiological investigations - Bernhard Schmitt and Varsine Jaladyan
  • 9 Biochemical and haematological testing - Valerie Walker and Mary Morgan
  • 10 Drug treatments: drugs, vitamins and minerals - Imti Choonara and Peter Baxter
  • 11 Nonpharmacological treatment - Ilona Autti-Rämö
  • 12 Neonatal encephalopathy - Gian Paolo Chiaffoni and Daniele Trevisanuto
  • 13 Neonatal seizures, including metabolic epileptic encephalopathies - Barbara Plecko
  • 14 Acute non-febrile encephalopathy - Tiina Talvik, Fenella Kirkham, Tuuli Metsvaht and Inga Talvik
  • 15 Acute neurological illness with fever: meningitis, encephalitis and infective space-occupying lesions - Rachel Kneen and Charles Newton
  • 16 Post-neonatal epileptic seizures - Hans Hartmann and J. Helen Cross
  • 17 Non-epileptic paroxysmal disorders in infancy - John B.P. Stephenson and Alla Nechay
  • 18 Macrocephaly, including hydrocephalus - Colin Kennedy
  • 19 Microcephaly, including congenital infections - Richard Chin and Vlatka Mejaski-Bosnjak
  • 20 The floppy infant - Ulrika Ådén and Thomas Sejersen
  • 21 Early developmental impairment and neurological abnormalities at birth - Richard W. Newton, Ilona Autti-Rämö and Audrone Prasauskiene
  • 22 Cerebral palsy - Florian Heinen and Peter Baxter
  • 23 Central nervous system disorders of movement other than cerebral palsy - Peter Baxter and Florian Heinen
  • 24 Progressive loss of skills - Meral Topcu, Dilek Yalnýzoglu and Richard Newton
  • Appendix 1: Growth charts

'...this is on the whole a very useful book containing a lot of information in a relatively small volume. It provides concrete advice on a common variety of conditions and a good, although brief, scientific and technological background. It is easily read, and the symptom-based disposition allows one to quickly find what is sought for. I would recommend it to any paediatrician with an interest in neurology and especially to those specializing in neurology or in neonatology.' My Stein, Acta Paediatrica, 2013

'This book would be recommended for pediatricians in residential training, child neurologists at early stages of their career, pediatric nurses and rehabilitation professionals as a quick reference on neurological problems in infancy. Overall, the text is very well organized and written and provides readers with excellent clinical cues for diagnostic and treatment pproaches for neurological problems in infancy.' Hidenobu Ohta, Brain & Development, 2013

'This is a well written, easy to read collaboration on child neurology in infancy. It is a valuable practical tool for anyone seeking an overview of what constitutes normal versus abnormal in the first years of life, how to appropriately diagnose and manage infants with these conditions, and the most common neurological disease entities seen among this age group.' Irisa Devine, MD, Mayo Clinic Florida