ME/CFS in Children

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disabling and complex illness. Scientists do not know what causes it, and there is no cure or approved treatment for the illness. ME/CFS is often thought of as a problem in adults, but children (both adolescents and younger children) can also get ME/CFS.

  • Not as much is known about ME/CFS in children because there have been few studies in this age group.
  • Scientists estimate that up to 2 in 1,000 children suffer from ME/CFS.
  • ME/CFS is more common in adolescents than in younger children.