Is there an increased risk of infections in children with lupus?
Children with lupus have an increased risk of infections. This is partly because the medications that treat lupus reduce the normal activity of the immune system. Also, lupus itself increases the risk for infections to occur. For this reason, it is very important for children with lupus to avoid infections and illnesses as much as possible. 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