Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common neurological disorder that usually affects adults, but now more and more children and adolescents are diagnosed. The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) estimates that around 2.3 billion people are affected by multiple sclerosis globally. In the US, it is estimated that 8,000-10,000 of the 400,000 cases of multiple sclerosis are people under the age of 18. If your child is facing the effects of multiple sclerosis, there are 5 tips for caring for your child.
What is multiple sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic neurological disorder. When your child has multiple sclerosis, your child’s brain and spine are affected. The immune system attacks tissues that protect nerve cells called myelin sheaths. This damage will slow down the signal message between your child’s brain and body.
Multiple sclerosis is a long-term disease that causes severe effects on the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve in your child’s eyes, which leads to vision problems, balance, muscle control, and other basic functions of the body. Then your child will lose the ability to write, speak and walk.
Symptoms of multiple sclerosis in children
Signs and symptoms in children are sometimes not the same as in adults, such …