Principles of Child Neurology in Infancy Course


Mac Keith Press and the European Paediatric Neurology Society (EPNS) present an interactive online learning course that provides authoritative advice on managing neurological disorders presenting in infancy. Completion will enable you to better support families, assess young children and work in an interdisciplinary way with other professionals and caregivers to assess, diagnose and manage neurological and neurodevelopmental problems in the first two years of life.

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Free Trial

Register for our free 48 hour trial to gain access to Topic 4: Promoting child development and Topic 11: Genetic Testing for 48 hours from the time of order.

Companion course bundle discount

Our companion course Clinical Practice of Child Neurology in Infancy applies the principles explored in the Principles of Child Neurology in Infancy Course across new topics, divided in a way that is largely based on clinical scenarios. Taken together these provide coverage of the entire scope of neurological problems in the first two years of life.

To buy the companion course at a bundle discount £300 £200, just add them both to your basket and click the add discount button highlighted below.

Watch Colin Kennedy and Coriene Catsman-Berrevoets discuss the course

About the course

Principles of Child Neurology in Infancy sets out in a succinct format the description of basic definitions used in classification of paediatric neurologic diseases, principles of working with families, of clinical assessment, of screening, vaccination, use of investigations and treatments, and of evidence-based medicine. Topics, written by experts in the field, set out:

  • Description of basic definitions used in the classification of paediatric neurological diseases
  • Principles of working with families
  • Assessment of normal and abnormal development from a neurological perspective
  • Overview of the investigations relevant for diagnosis in children with suspected neurological disease and their treatment options
  • Application of evidence basic medicine to paediatric neurology
  • Includes topics covering the most recent developments in the field including genetic testing and neuroimaging pattern recognition


1 Terms, definitions, and concepts
• The basis of medical practice
• The precautionary principle in the context of neurological problems in infancy
• Ecologies of care and categories of illness
• The International Classification of Diseases
• Relevant terms and definitions
• Evidence-based medicine
2 Inter-professional working: user and carer involvement
• The holistic approach to childhood development
• User and carer involvement
• Family needs and the needs of the child
• The contribution of healthcare professionals
• Teamwork in caring for children with developmental disabilities
• The life trajectory of the child with a developmental disorder
3 Clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine
• Some basic concepts in clinical epidemiology
• Study design
• Some myths
• Approaches to EBM
4 Promoting child development
• Brain development
• Factors that affect the development of the child and his/her brain
• The right to ‘live happily ever after’
5 The neonatal examination and neurodevelopmental assessment
• Main features of typical neurological development
• Typical developmental milestones
• Structured neurodevelopmental scales
• Main items of clinical neurological examination
• Complementary approaches to neurological evaluation in the first year of life
• Practical conclusions
6 Neurological examination beyond the neonatal period
• Approaches to neurological assessment in infancy
• The role of the history
• Neurological examination of the infant
• Neurological examination of the infant with impaired conscious level
7 Prevention, vaccination, and screening
• Primary prevention, screening, and health promotion
• Antenatal screening
• Neonatal screening
• Infant screening and health promotion after the neonatal period
• Infant diet and iron deficiency anaemia
• Vaccination
• Screening for hearing loss
• Hearing impairment
• Vision impairment
8 Cranial imaging
• Neuroimaging principles
• Neuroimaging in clinical settings
• Imaging appearances of disease
9 Neurophysiology
• Prerequisites
• Normal EEG
• Abnormal EEG
• Amplitude integrated EEG or cerebral function monitoring
• When to do EEG or aEEG?
• When not to do EEG
10 Biochemical and haematological testing
• Biochemical analyses in blood, cerebrospinal fluid and urine.
• Anaemias
• Haemostasis
• Haemoglobinopathies
11 Genetic testing
• Inheritance patterns
• Types of genetic mutations
• Types of genetic testing
• A guide in common clinical situations where genetic testing can be of use
12 Drug treatments: drugs, vitamins, and minerals
• Drug metabolism
• Vitamins and minerals
• Application of evidence-based medicine to drug use in infancy
13 Non-pharmacological treatment
• Protocol for follow-up
• What to do when development is atypical
• Evidence-based therapies
• The role of technical equipment/aids
• Novel treatment methods require evidence of safety and efficacy

Colin Kennedy (Editor)

Professor Colin Kennedy

Colin Kennedy is Emeritus Professor in Neurology and Paediatrics at the University of Southampton. He studied Psychology and Medicine in Oxford and London and, as a postgraduate, in London, Southampton and Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. He was the founding paediatric neurologist and, for 25 years, clinical lead of the Southampton-based service. He is past president of the BPNA and the EPNS and works with WHO to ‘level up’ the health care of children with neurological problems across WHO Europe.

Gian Paolo Chiaffoni, Leena Haataja, Richard W Newton, Thomas Sejersen and Jane Williams (Associate Editors)

Gian Paolo Chiaffoni is Head of the Department of Pediatrics at the Conegliano and Vittorio Veneto Hospital in Conegliano, Italy.

Leena Haataja is Professor in Pediatric Neurology at the University of Helsinki and Consultant in Pediatric Neurology at Helsinki University Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Pediatric Research Center in Helsinki, Finland.

Richard W Newton is Honorary Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in Manchester, UK.

Thomas Sejersen is Professor and Pediatric Neurologist at the Department of Neuropediatrics at Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden.

Jane Williams is Consultant Paediatrician, Neurodisability and Child Health at Nottingham Children’s Hospital part of Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust in Nottingham, UK.

Accessed online and hosted on a Moodle learning platform, the course is open for you to work through at your own pace for 12 months with possible renewal.

  • Complements your clinical training to improve knowledge and clinical practice
  • Summaries of each topic highlight key messages, common errors and when to worry
  • Interact with the material by answering reflective activities to create a digital workbook
  • Test your knowledge with a Multiple Choice Questionnaire
  • Read further with references and free access to videos and seven classic paediatric neurology text books
  • Receive a PDF certificate on completion with 10 EACCME® credits (can be converted to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™)
  • Estimated time to complete: 11.5 hours

Who will find this course useful?

This course will be very useful for paediatric neurologists in training or medical professionals who would like to acquire a neurological perspective on the application in the first two years of life of clinical assessment, investigation, support of care-givers, promotion of normal development, and prevention and clinical management of neurological or neurodevelopmental problems. This course is also suitable for paediatric neurologists, paediatricians and neonatologists in senior positions, child psychiatrists in training, developmental specialists, rehabilitation specialists, paediatric neurosurgeons, physiotherapists, and specialist nurse practitioners.

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