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There are four types of MS:
Each person’s symptoms vary depending on the location of scarring. Common symptoms of MS in children can include:
About 50 percent of people with MS have some cognitive symptoms, which are usually mild. These can include:
If these symptoms affect your child’s school performance, it’s important to work with your child's school and medical team to help address any problems.
Children with MS may also have emotional symptoms in reaction to the stress of living with a chronic, unpredictable illness. Every child has a different way of expressing these emotions, but common signs include:
If you notice these signs in your child, let your pediatrician or neurologist know right away.
The exact cause of MS is still a mystery. But we do know that autoimmune diseases are not contagious, and they don’t appear to be caused by any one thing in particular. Instead, scientists believe there’s a multi-step process at work:
Researchers are working to discover which genes are involved and how they interact. They are also looking at a number of potential environmental and hormonal triggers in hopes of one day finding a cure.
Although researchers don’t fully understand what causes certain people to develop MS, certain environmental and genetic factors can increase the risk.
MS is most common in:
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