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When your child has Autoimmune


Immune system is the key defense of human body against all sorts of diseases. if it was not for a strong immune system, we would have been ill all the time, 24/7, for the rest of our lives. While this system is working for us, it is in our utmost favor but once it starts to work against it; immune system can be a great threat for the human body. This begins the birth of autoimmune diseases. The rate of autoimmune diseases is higher in women than in men and is extremely rare in children. However, there is no definite proof that autoimmune cannot take place in kids. 



Autoimmune diseases can be very challenging to diagnose in children and it is furthermore difficult to treat them in kids. There are more than 80 autoimmune diseases that have been discovered but they are not all curable. If your kid has an autoimmune disease, the treatment depends on how it has been figured out. 


What happens when children have autoimmune diseases?

The immune system disrupts when an autoimmune disease happens as it starts attacking the healthy cells and tissues by mistake. Autoimmune shuts down the immune system and it fails to protect the human body against the diseases. These diseases can affect any body part and and usually targe the connective tissues like muscles and skin cells. There are various symptoms of autoimmune and they are similar for adults and children. Fatigue and mild rashes are the most common and risk free symptoms of autoimmune. However, seizures can also take place in autoimmune diseases, depending on the disease that is trying to hit the human body. 


In adults, autoimmune is not that surprising. However, doctors are unable to state why a child's immune system begins to attack their own body, at such an early age. It is highly suspected that it happens due to genetic disorder but it is also important for parents to not blame themselves for this as there are no certain reasons stated for it. 


Types of Autoimmune Diseases in Children:

When the immune system malfunctions, it can literally attack any part of the human body. Every autoimmune disease has a different treatment strategy and they all tend to react in their own ways. Usually, autoimmune is divided into two parts; organ specific and non-organ specific disorders. 


Organ specific disorder tends to attack a specific tissue or organ. For example; autoimmune hepatitis only affects the liver, the Multiple sclerosis affects the nervous system only and the Addison's disease only affects the adrenal glands. On the other hand, non-organic specific disorders are more dangerous as they can cause problems all over the human body. Lupus is an autoimmune disease which affects the skin, kidneys, liver, joints, brain and other parts of the body collectively. 


Healthy Lifestyle can help maintain the Immunity:

Immunity system goes havoc when the gut is not receiving healthy foods. This is why; doctors usually tend to recommend patients of autoimmune diseases to focus on their health and eating habits a lot. However, one needs to understand that there are no prevention measures that have been states for autoimmune. A lot of studies are being held in context to this but that is a long term goal and no such research has come to surface yet. Environmental, heredity and genetic factors play a huge role in autoimmune diseases. Thus, doctors recommend that maintaining your hormonal balance can really help in keeping your immune system better and efficient. 

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