Pediatric Neurology

Choose Essentia Health for high-quality neurology care for your child in Northeastern and Central Minnesota. You can depend on our pediatric neurologist to diagnose and treat brain, spinal cord, nerve, and muscle conditions while providing support and guidance to your family.

What's a Pediatric Neurologist?

A pediatric neurologist is a pediatrician with specialized training in the diagnosis and management of conditions that affect the nervous system in newborns, children and adolescents.

Conditions Treated

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.


Team-Based Care

Count on a team of professionals with decades of experience to work together and deliver the best possible care, including medication management. Depending on your child’s condition, their health care team may include:

Your child’s condition can impact their behavior and ability to learn. Rely on Essentia’s team of specialists to answer your questions and provide guidance. Your child’s neurologist will work with other pediatric specialists—such as mental health and developmental experts—to provide specialized care for conditions like autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and spina bifida.

Concussion Care

A concussion is a brain injury. Symptoms can happen up to 72 hours after the injury and may include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Not being able to wake up
  • Slurred words
  • Trouble walking

If your child has signs of a concussion, go to the emergency room right away. 

Sports Concussions

If your child has a head injury while playing or practicing a sport, they should stop playing immediately. Like with other concussions, you should go to the emergency room as soon as possible. Learn about how student athletes can prevent sports injuries.

Head Injury Testing

Trust the specialists at Essentia to accurately assess your child for signs of traumatic brain injury. Your child’s evaluation may include:

  • Physical exam to test coordination, balance, reflexes, and nerve function
  • Imaging tests, such as a computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • ImPACT® (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), which uses a computer program to check your child’s response time and memory skills

Epilepsy Specialists

Our care team can help your child manage symptoms of epilepsy and seizure disorders. Your child’s personalized care plan may include medications, procedures, and advanced treatments, such as vagal nerve stimulation (VNS).

Vagal Nerve Stimulation

VNS prevents seizures by sending a mild electrical pulse to the brain from a small device called a generator. A surgeon will place the device in your child’s chest and the generator can last for up to 15 years.

Epilepsy Resources

Your child’s health care team may recommend services that can support your family. For more information about pediatric epilepsy care, contact the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota or call 800-779-0777.

Muscular Dystrophy Clinic

If your child lives with muscular dystrophy, you can access multiple members of their care team in a single location when you choose our Pediatric Muscular Dystrophy Clinic in Duluth, Minnesota. During your appointment, you and your child might see a:

  • Dietitian
  • Pediatric neurologist
  • Rehabilitation therapist
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor

Benefit from our partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Four times a year, pediatric pulmonologists and cardiologists who specialize in muscular dystrophy join Essentia’s clinic through telehealth technology.

Pediatric Migraines

Patient Story

Autumn Paulus shares how her care team at Essentia Health adapted their treatment to get her back to ice skating after suffering a concussion.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your child's primary care provider for this service.