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Your child's doctor will obtain a medical history for your family and your child and will perform a physical examination that will likely include a detailed muscle function and neurological examination. The latter, also called a neuro exam, may be performed with instruments, such as lights and reflex hammers, and usually does not cause any pain to the child.
• assessment of motor and sensory skills
• balance and coordination
• mental status (the child's level of awareness and interaction with the environment)
• functioning of the nerves
Depending on what your child's doctor suspects, the following tests may also be used to find out what's causing your child's muscle weakness:
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