About 10 percent of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have symptoms before age 18. Those initial symptoms include:
- Sudden blurred vision, caused by a nerve inflammation known as optic neuritis
- Double vision, or seeing two of an object
- Increasing arm and leg weakness, numbness or tingling
- Balance difficulties
- Bowel and bladder control issues
Learn more about UVA’s pediatric MS clinic.
Parents and kids often assume an MS diagnosis means wheelchairs and a shorter lifespan, but new medications offer hope. Listen to pediatric neurologist Nick Brenton explain the latest pediatric MS treatments.