Is there a specific diet for children with lupus?

There is no specific diet for a person with lupus. To improve heart disease risk, reduce inflammation, and lower blood pressure -- all of which are very important for people with lupus, including children -- try to make sure your child follows the recommended guidelines for healthy eating.

  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and moderate amounts of freshly cooked meats and poultry.
  • Eat baked or broiled fatty fish once or twice a week.
  • Avoid or limit foods containing saturated fat, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats, or trans fats.
  • Limit daily sodium intake, especially from processed and “fast” foods. (When eating out request low-sodium preparations.)
  • Drink plenty of water (if there is no fluid restriction).
  • Avoid or limit sugary foods and drinks.

Medically reviewed on August 16, 2013

This article was published by the Lupus Foundation of America Office.