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What are some multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms in children?

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

  • Problems with bladder or bowel control
  • Weakness
  • Problems with walking
  • Vision changes
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sensory changes, tingling, or numbness
  • Tremors

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

SOURCES:

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center: Neuroscience News: “Multiple Sclerosis in Children Is More Common Than Thought.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Pediatric (Child) MS.”

The Transverse Myelitis Association: “Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM).”

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Multiple Sclerosis.”

Children’s Hospital Boston: “Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on November 14, 2019

SOURCES:

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center: Neuroscience News: “Multiple Sclerosis in Children Is More Common Than Thought.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Pediatric (Child) MS.”

The Transverse Myelitis Association: “Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM).”

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Multiple Sclerosis.”

Children’s Hospital Boston: “Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on November 14, 2019

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