According to WebMD, between 8,000 and 10,000 children under the age of 18 are diagnosed with MS each year, and many more could be living with the condition but have yet to be diagnosed.
Here are some more facts to know about multiple sclerosis in children:
- Often MS is diagnosed in children following the nerve disorder, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM).
- Although MS often progresses slowly in children and teenagers, those who have an early onset of the disease may have physical disabilities earlier in life.
- Childhood MS often has more of an emotional effect on children, affecting school and social life as well as self-image.
- Symptoms of childhood MS are similar to adult MS, presenting problems with vision, balance, walking, bladder or bowel control, tingling or numbness, and tremors among others.