There is no cure to multiple sclerosis. Once it has been diagnosed, the treatment revolves around managing the symptoms. Our paediatric neurologists may also prescribe something to alleviate the symptoms.
Usually medications which are to be consumed during attacks (flare-up of symptoms) are prescribed to children. It helps deflate the swelling around the brain and spinal cord. This has to be consumed from three to five days. This medication usually does not have any side effects, but many children are seen to get moody after consumption. It may also increases blood pressure, sugar level and may give the child an upset stomach.
Doctors can also treat specific symptoms related to MS, such as muscle spasms, fatigue, and depression.
Symptoms such as fatigue, numbness or tingling, muscle stiffness, and depression may not go away entirely after an attack. Hence, your doctor will suggest treatments to help relieve them, including physical and occupational therapy, counselling, and medications.
There’s not much you can do prevent the attacks from happening. However there are medicines which can potentially help reduce the number of attacks. Your child will get these medications by injection either into the muscle or beneath the skin. Our doctors or nurses can work with you on how to make them easier for your child. Teenagers may be able to give themselves these shots.