According to The Lupus Foundation, 1.5 million Americans suffer from lupus. This chronic inflammatory disease most commonly affects women of childbearing age. But, many children also develop this condition.
To put this into perspective, five to 10,000 teenagers have systemic lupus . The systemic form is just one of the four types of lupus. Plus, this estimate only applies to teens. Can you imagine, then, how many thousands of young ones are living with this disease?This raises two important questions. How can you recognize possible symptoms of this disease in your child? If your child is diagnosed, what treatments are available?
As mentioned earlier, this is a chronic inflammatory condition. A glitch in the autoimmune system causes the body to attack healthy tissue and organs. This results in a grip of unpleasant symptoms . Which symptoms, though, depends on the type that an individual has.
Systemic lupus is by far the most common. It is so named because it can affect many organ systems including the heart, lungs, kidneys and skin to name a few. It causes:- Chronic inflammation in the affected areas of the body
Then, there’s cutaneous lupus , also known by the name discoid. This form makes up 10% of all cases and affects only the skin. This results in:- Patchy, crusty, coin-shaped lesions (which usually appear in areas exposed to the sun)
Last but not least, there is neonatal lupus , which affects fetuses. This condition can occur even if the mother herself does not have the disease. The baby may then be born with:- Skin rash
The above symptoms certainly don’t sound like a walk in the park...especially for a child. You might be wondering, then, what treatments are available. How will your child be able to cope with this condition?
While there is not yet a cure available, symptoms can be successfully tackled. Your child's doctor may prescribe:
You’ll be happy to know that there are things you can do to help. Like what? You can encourage:
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You know the signs. Your child keeps pulling at his or her ear in discomfort. There’s pus or fluid draining from the ear. You notice trouble hearing, sleeping and perhaps even balancing. The ear discomfort usually follows or happens at the same time as other symptoms like sore throat, cough, and runny nose. They’re unusually fussy and have even come down with a fever.
These are all possible symptoms of the dreaded ear infection, which keeps many parents up at night as they try to care for their uncomfortable little ones. Have you ever wondered what causes these infections or if they can be prevented? Furthermore, what’s the best way to care for a suffering child? Wonder no more.