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HEALTHIFY WITH KAMAL: WHEN YOUR CHILD HAS AUTOIMMUNE

The immune system is the key defense of the 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; the immune system can be a great threat to 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 fails to protect the human body against diseases. These diseases can
affect any body part 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, Multiple sclerosis affects the nervous
system only and 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 that affects the skin,
kidneys, liver, joints, brain, and other parts of the body collectively.

Healthy Lifestyle can help maintain Immunity: The immunity system goes havoc
when the gut is not receiving healthy foods. This is why;

“Doctors usually tend to recommend patients with 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 stated 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 the 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 more efficient.

Yours in health and wellness
Healthify with KAMAL

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Kamal Brar

Health Blogger, Certified Holistic Health Coach and the owner of Healthify Tea, online tea business. Along with being a proud Ostomate and an Autoimmune Warrior, I'm also an Autoimmune and Weight loss Coach.

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