The neurological examination of the newborn baby

Eugenio Mercuri, Daniela Ricci, Marika Pane, Giovanni Baranello

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This paper provides an overview of the value of a structured neonatal neurological examination that may be performed in different settings, from routine examination to research settings. We will report how a structured neurological examination can help to identify infants with central and peripheral nervous system involvement. We also describe a short but structured proforma to be used for the routine examination of full-term infants. We will finally describe a quantitative assessment to be used in research settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)947-956
Number of pages10
JournalEarly Human Development
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005


  • Neurological examination
  • Newborn
  • Optimality score

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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