Living well with lupus

Is there an increased risk of infections in children with lupus?

It is very important for people with lupus to avoid infections and illnesses. This is because the medications that treat lupus reduce the normal activity of the immune system. Also, lupus itself increases the risk for infections to occur. Remind your child to wash his or her hands frequently, and to try to avoid classmates and friends who are sick.

Medically reviewed on August 16, 2013