Journal of Education and
Research in Nursing

Children with Multiple Sclerosis and Nursing Care Approach


Department of Pediatric Nursing, Ufuk University School of Nursing, Ankara, Turkey


Department of Pediatric Nursing, Ege University Faculty of Nursing, İzmir, Turkey

Journal of Education and Research in Nursing 2023; 20: 60-63
DOI: 10.5152/jern.2023.91668
Read: 199 Downloads: 68 Published: 01 March 2023

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and progressive disease proceeding with inflammation, demyelination, and degeneration in the central nervous system. Multiple sclerosis is rarely seen in childhood, but it can occur more frequently than it is known in early childhood. Children with multiple sclerosis disease may reach disability levels at an earlier age than adults. Therefore, early diagnosis, optimal treatment, and care management of multiple sclerosis emerging in childhood are important. The goals of this treatment and care management are similar to those of adult multiple sclerosis; however, there are some specific concerns related to pediatric multiple sclerosis. The concerns related to the efficacy and safety of immunomodulatory treatments used by pediatric multiple sclerosis patients, the continuation of the neurodevelopmental process in children, the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic differences between pediatric and adult multiple sclerosis patients, the interruption of school life of children, and anticipatory anxiety of children and their families are among the major concerns. In this traumatic and challenging process, meeting the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of children and their families is very important for disease management and for the adaptation of children to the disease. In light of this information, the aim of our review article is to give information related to multiple sclerosis disease in childhood and to explain the nursing approach to this disease.

Cite this article as: Yüksel D, Yardımcı F. Children with multiple sclerosis and nursing care approach. J Educ Res Nurs. 2023;20(1):60-63.

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