Rare autoimmune diseases in infants

A child with Pediatric Autoimmune Disease looking downAre still very much a mystery, but our understanding of these disorders is growing every day. Because display a wide-range of (sometimes overlapping) conditions, it can be especially difficult to correctly identify, diagnose, and treat those afflicted. This is why parents are such valuable resources when it comes to recognizing that something isn’t right with a child.

Being knowledgeable about common may help you detect autoimmune disease and make tasks easier and more efficient for the doctor and your little one.

Fortunately, with certain exceptions, pediatric autoimmune diseases are relatively rare, and some may even “disappear” clinically as the child ages. This means that while the antibodies attacking tissues are still likely in the body, the patient seems to “outgrow” the disorder (as in many cases of and dermatomyositis) with complete remission of symptoms as the child ages. Learn more about the autoimmune diseases more commonly seen in the pediatric population, and how they might present themselves.

What are some red-flag symptoms that may be indicative of juvenile autoimmune conditions?

This is a particularly difficult question to answer, because symptoms of autoimmune disease often remain vague and non-specific for quite some time (possibly forever) until perhaps the patient has a clearly identified flare consistent with one or a few diseases. Many symptoms also tend to overlap with those of other conditions. Even with a more specific symptom cluster, autoimmune diseases can still be tough to recognize and differentiate from other disorders as well as from one another. However, there are some symptoms that definitely point in the autoimmune disease direction, and should prompt a visit to the doctor.

Autoimmune symptoms depend somewhat on the disease pathology, since they may be generalized or more organ-specific. Generalized symptoms will likely appear first, before other more distinct abnormalities, and should be seen as suspicious when there are no other clear explanations. Some common examples are:

  • tiredness/fatigue
  • dizziness
  • rashes
  • weight loss
  • slight fever
  • diffuse joint pain
  • dry eyes/mouth
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