How is MS in children and teens treated?

MS treatment for children and teens is similar to MS treatment for adults. Corticosteroid medications are used to treat acute attacks. Disease-modifying medications are used to slow down the progression of the disease.

Because MS is rare in children, most of these medications have not been studied in children under 18 years, and the medication's effectiveness and safety have not been determined in children under 18 years. Although there are well-established treatment guidelines for MS in adults, there are none for children and teens. This means that doctors must use their judgment in choosing a treatment. It also means that children and their families must make an informed decision about whether they want to go ahead with treatment.

Another part of MS treatment includes assistive devices and medications to manage the symptoms of MS. Assistive devices may need to be specially sized for children.

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