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The Pediatric Balance and Vestibular Disorders Clinic (PBVDC) evaluates children who complain of dizziness or imbalance. These complaints are often undertreated or ignored because people may think the child's symptoms are not serious. However, more and more research suggests that balance and dizziness in children are caused by real, treatable medical problems. Our team diagnoses and treats children aged 2 and up who are suffering from these symptoms and gets them back to their normal activities.

About the Pediatric Balance and Vestibular Disorders Clinic

The Pediatric Balance and Vestibular Disorders Clinic team consists of specialists from ENT (otolaryngology), neurology, audiology, and physical therapy. Our experts collaborate to assess and diagnose children with dizziness and balance concerns. We provide a comprehensive diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan that can include medications, lifestyle changes or physical therapy. We’re also experts at using kid-friendly techniques to make testing more comfortable for even our youngest patients.

Why choose us for the treatment of balance and vestibular disorders?

The Pediatric Balance and Vestibular Disorders Clinic is the only center in the Rocky Mountain region with a multidisciplinary approach to treating pediatric dizziness and balance issues. In one visit, your family sees multiple specialists for comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning.

Our team specializes in pediatric care. Treating kids is all we do. We provide a comfortable atmosphere for your child and tailor visits and tests to their unique needs.

As a top pediatric medical center, we actively contribute to the research of pediatric vestibular disorders. We are currently studying the prevalence and impact of vestibular hypofunction in patient with cystic fibrosis.

Who we treat at the Pediatric Balance and Vestibular Disorders Clinic

We treat children who complain of dizziness and imbalance and related symptoms, including:

  • Clumsiness
  • Delayed motor milestones (child should sit by 9 months and walk by 18 months)
  • Fearfulness of falling
  • Fluttering eye movements (nystagmus)
  • Frequent unexplained falls
  • Head tilt
  • Needing assistance on stairs or uneven surfaces

Some common conditions that can cause dizziness and imbalance include:

If your child has any of these symptoms or conditions, discuss these concerns with their primary care provider and consider scheduling a vestibular evaluation.

As part of the clinic, we diagnose and treat balance disorders, which can include:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Benign paroxysmal vertigo of childhood (BPVC)
  • Chronic otitis media (ear infections)
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Motion sickness
  • Persistent postural perceptual dizziness (PPPD)
  • Post-concussive dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular migraine
  • Vestibular neuritis and labyrinthitis

Contact the Pediatric Balance and Vestibular Disorders Clinic

To make an appointment or learn more about the clinic, call 720-777-8501 or email Vestibular@ChildrensColorado.org.

Get to know our pediatric experts.

Melissa Scholes, MD

Melissa Scholes, MD

Otolaryngology

Jessica Win, MD

Jessica Win, MD

Neurology - Pediatric

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