Multiple SclerosisLiving With

10 Things to Know About Kids and MS

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Zulmaury Saavedra

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Vision Issues and Balancing Trouble Are Signs of Pediatric MS

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Kids Usually Have Just One Type of MS

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Relapses Are More Frequent in Pediatric MS

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Agê Barros

Pediatric MS Progresses More Slowly

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Daria Tumanova

Pediatric MS Is Most Common in Teens

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Siora Photography

It Can Take a Toll on Kids' Brains

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Finally, There Is a Treatment

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Guillermo Diaz Mier y Terán

Exercise Is Key to Fighting Pediatric MS

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Kat Jayne

MS Kids Can Feel Alone

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Derek Owens

There Is a (Slight) Parent-Kid Connection

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  • Kids of All Ages Can Have Pediatric MS, But It’s More Common in Teens: BMC Neurology. (2018). “Pediatric multiple sclerosis: a review,”

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  • Statistics on Cognitive Ability: Behavioural Neurology. (2017). “Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis and Cognition: A Review of Clinical, Neuropsychologic, and Neuroradiologic Features,”

  • Pediatric MS Finally Has Its Own Treatment: U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2018). FDA expands approval of Gilenya to treat multiple sclerosis in pediatric patients.

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Erin L. Boyle

Erin L. Boyle


Erin L. Boyle, the senior editor at HealthCentral from 2016-2018, is an award-winning freelance medical writer and editor with more than 15 years’ experience. She’s traveled the world for a decade to bring the latest in medical research to doctors. Health writing is also personal for her: she has several autoimmune diseases and migraines with aura, which she writes about for HealthCentral. Learn more about her at Follow her on Twitter @ErinLBoyle.