Diagnosing pediatric narcolepsy can be a real challenge. The start of symptoms generally occurs between the ages of 10 and 25 years. However, narcolepsy symptoms are more likely to be missed if they start before age 18, and these children often do not get a narcolepsy diagnosis until adulthood. Therefore, it’s important to promote better awareness among parents, school professionals, children and adolescents, the general public, and even pediatric healthcare providers.
Sadly, in children and adolescents, narcolepsy can often be mistaken for laziness or lack of motivation.
More than 50% of
people with narcolepsy
say their symptoms
started before age 18.