Multiple sclerosis is tough enough on adults. Imagine being a child and having this condition and not knowing what is really going on. Some kids may have a tough time understanding how to move forward with this. They may experience things like trouble walking or balancing, vision problems, or fatigue just to name a few.
It might be a bit tough at first to explain to a child that their very own immune system is attacking nerves in the brain and spinal core. They might wonder, why? It might be even tougher to explain that we as a human race don’t know why yet.
Fortunately there are many trained specialists at medical center with lots of resources that can help a young boy or girl throughout this journey. For the best chance to get the best treatment its highly advice-able to visit a doctor at your local university.
Universities usually have lots of research and experience they can fallback on. It also is a lot tougher for doctors to become doctors there. This is usually not the case for smaller clinics.
Psychologically there will be a lot a child won’t understand. You have to be there as a reminder and support system. One of the first thing you might want to tell them is that this is not a contagious disease.
Its okay for them to still go and hang out with other kids. Sometimes kids tend to get depressed during situations like these.
You have to give them comfort and the obligation to do the best they can with what they have. This is a great thought to instill in you child moving forward.
For the most part they are able to live a pretty normal life most of the time. There will be periods of difficulties. However if you work with your doctor you can minimize these with medication.
One of the ways MS is diagnosed is via an MRI of the brain. This will help your doctor find any lesions. These are usually very indicative of MS.
This is a great video made by Dr. Marc Patterson, M.D over at Mayo clinic. He gives us a great run down about all of the things that could cause this illness.
Here are some more resources about MS in Kids: