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Friday, January 1, 2016

How MS Is Different in Children

The first signs of the disease are different for children. It might start after a child has a nerve disorder called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). Most of the time, the symptoms of ADEM -- including headache, confusion, comaseizuresstiff neck, fever, and major lack of energy -- go away after a few weeks. But some children will keep having problems that are the same as MS.
Multiple sclerosis may get worse more slowly in children than in adults. But people who had the condition in childhood or adolescence can have physical disability at an earlier age. The disease also may cause greater challenges with thinking and emotions for children and teens, and may affect their schoolwork, self-image, and relationships with peers.

MS Symptoms in Children

The symptoms are similar to those in adults and may include:

Children also might have seizures and a total lack of energy that adults with the condition usually don’t have.

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