Children and MS
MS is rare in kids. About 5% of cases of MS are diagnosed in children. MS in kids tends to progress more slowly than MS diagnosed in adults.
According to the National MS Society, estimates suggest that 8,000-10,000 children (up to 18 years old) in the United States have MS, and another 10,000-15,000 have experienced at least one symptom suggestive of MS. Studies suggest that two to five percent of all people with MS have a history of symptom onset before age 18.
Once diagnosed, almost all children are considered to have relapsing-remitting MS, with most symptoms of MS similar to those seen in adults. There are, however, symptoms experienced by children that are not typical in adults, such as seizures and mental status changes (lethargy).
Pediatric MS: Partnering with Your Child’s School
Work together with your child’s school to have a realistic understanding of how the family/school partnership can satisfy your concerns for your child’s future.
More resources for parents from the MS National Society
Action Step: If you are a parent who has a child with MS, please share a word of encouragement for others who may have been given the news that their child has multiple sclerosis.