While MS worsens slower in children than adults it is also more likely that they will develop disabilities at an earlier age. It puts what I’m going through into perspective. I know firsthand that dealing with a chronic illness, as a child is difficult. I was diagnosed with diabetes at thirteen and it was a hard diagnosis but having supportive parents, friends, and teachers made it easier to deal with.
The treatment for children contains a lot of the same medications adults use, although only a short list have been approved for children. The current list of medications the FDA has approved for people under 18 years old include Avonex, Rebif, Betaserone, and Copaxone. For interferons the most common side effect are flu like symptoms. For Copaxone there can be redness or swelling at the injection site.
As for anyone with MS the best way to help cope with the disease is through support and love. This is especially the case for children as a diagnosis at a young age can be scary for a child and the parents. Do your best to stay positive and hopeful.
Do you know any children with multiple sclerosis?