While lupus most often affects women in their childbearing years, it can occur in either gender at any age, including children and teens. Lupus in children is the same disease as lupus in adults; however, children diagnosed with lupus often have been ill for a longer period before the diagnosis is made. As a result children with lupus often are required to begin aggressive therapy soon after diagnosis.
Learn more about lupus in children and lupus and teens.
Read Dr. Norman Ilowite’s answers to your questions about pediatric lupus
Child’s Play: Active attitudes for young people with lupus
LUPUS AT A YOUNG AGE: A child’s needs and concerns are different and the same
Lupus Research Summaries: Pediatric Lupus