Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Facts about Multiple Sclerosis in Children

Multiple sclerosis is most common in adults aged between 20 and 40. However, the disease can be found in children too, although in rare situations. Statistics indicate that multiple sclerosis is found in between 8,000 and 10,000 individuals below the age of 18, in the United States.

The disease can be found in people from all over the world. Moreover, statistics also show that more than 10,000 children have experienced at least one symptom that can indicate the presence of this condition.

 Here are some facts about multiple sclerosis in children:
  • Studies indicate that about 2 to 5 percent of all MS patients are children. This means that the disease is diagnosed before the age of 18.
  • Multiple sclerosis causes many symptoms in children, too. In fact, symptoms are similar to those seen in adults, but there can be cases in which seizures and mental status changes are seen in kids, too.
  • In many cases, MS develops in childhood, but is not diagnosed because symptoms are usually mild and pass quickly.
  • Most commonly, kids experience problems with memory and thinking. Poor coordinating and tremor are also symptoms of pediatric MS.
  • Suffering from MS can affect a kid’s ability to work well at school.
  • Diagnosis of MS in children is considered to be more difficult as there are a series of children’s conditions to which MS can be mistaken.
  • Some studies have shown that MS progresses more slowly in children, compared to adults.
  • Several centers dealing with pediatric multiple sclerosis can be found all over the world.
Multiple sclerosis is considered to be a disease that affects the whole family. This condition affects communication, but also relationships and mood. When children are diagnosed with this disease, parents find it hard to tell their little ones about the development of MS. However, psychologists recommend parents to be open about this, as their children will know that something is wrong. Not knowing what will only increase stress.

Currently, statistics show that MS is becoming more frequent in children. Kids are advised to undergo all treatments specialists recommend, as MS can be controlled, while lifestyle can be improved with the right treatment.


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