pediatric neurologist faq
  1. Is biomedical treatment helpful for autistic children?

It’s not scientifically proven yet. But still there exists some anecdotal evidence that showcases signs of recovery. However, it’s a rarity. But it’s worth a try. But not widely found in mainstream treatment strategies.

2. Would Covid vaccines have adverse effects on autistic kids?

No. But Covaxin is not available for children. However there is no such adverse  effect on kids on the spectrum.

3. Are kids not trying new foods a matter of concern? Should we  be worried?

There is nothing to be worried about in the broad sense. But if they have any liking towards any particular sensation or texture, it’s best to check on their sensory needs. Just keep them away from junk foods.

4. Epilepsy can cause brain damage which leads to step back from improvement?

If it’s so severe, and not controlled by medicines it can cause serious damage. But if treatment starts in the formative years and is carried out efficiently then it can result in potential results.

5. What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder includes obsessive compulsive disorder and mannerism. ADD is attention deficit bit with hyperactivity we get ADHD.

6. How to make an autistic toddler to eat more food?

Consult an occupational therapist to find other sensory interests.

7.Would stem cell therapy be advisable for seizure ?

Not at all. There’s no particular evidence of its successful employment. In 10 years you can have developments in this area. But as of now, nothing much.

8. How lockdown affect the autistic kids? 

It affect them adversely with lack of therapies and discontinuities. It can affect their behaviour and they may start having outbursts and start throwing tantrums. Keep them as relaxed as possible.

9. What can be done other than speech therapy for speech disorders?

It depends on the cause. If it’s related to mortory part of the mouth, then visit an automatically occupational therapist. Else visit a behavioural therapist. If it’s related to low IQ, visit a psychologist. 

10. Are there side effects after epilepsy treatment?

There are possibilities of anxiety and stress during medication. But after medication, it is not going to happen. 70% of kids get complete recovery with no evident side effects.

11.My child has BECTS. Can she take the HPV vaccine? She is 11.

She is most open to taking an HPV vaccine. No worries.

12. Can antiepileptic medication cause spinal cord damage?

No. There are 30 different types of antiepileptic medication. But with medication like depakine, it’s common to find a large appetite in kids and weight can go up. But it’s only likely and may not occur on all kids. So, you can switch onto other medication too or put some regulations.

13. My 4-year-old daughter does not have eye contact. Should I get her checked?

Yes for sure. It’s a stronger indicator than a speech delay. Please get that checked with a pediatric neurologist or psychologist.

14. If the elder child has autism, can the expected child also have autism?

It’s recommended to have a genetic test.

15.Can a 3-year-old child be subjected to ADHD medication?

No, they can’t be. It’s not recommended

16.How can I check the IQ of my 12-year-old son if he is verbal?

You can take him to a psychologist and make him available for an acute test or risk test.

17. What are the symptoms of autism?

  • Repetitive behaviors like hand-flapping, rocking, jumping, or twirling.
  • Constant moving (pacing) and “hyper” behavior.
  • Fixations on certain activities or objects.
  • Specific routines or rituals (and getting upset when a routine is changed, even slightly)
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch, light, and sound

18. How to Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder

Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be difficult because there is no medical test, like a blood test, to diagnose the disorder. Doctors look at the child’s developmental history and behavior to make a diagnosis. ASD can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger.