Pediatric Arthritis & Autoimmune Conditions We Treat
Your child’s immune system works to protect them from harmful outside invaders, like bacteria and viruses. The immune system is made up of organs, cells and tissues that work together to fight off invaders. But when there is a problem with a part of the immune system, it can cause problems.
The board-certified pediatric immunologists at University Health can diagnose and treat the whole range of autoimmune conditions.
Types of Autoimmune Disorders
- Primary immune deficiency (your child was born with a weak immune system)
- Acquired immune deficiency
- Overactive immune system
- Autoimmune disease
Pediatric Autoimmune Conditions We Treat
Symptoms of Autoimmune Conditions
As a parent, you can watch for these symptoms in your child, which might indicate an autoimmune condition:
- Joint swelling, stiffness, pain or redness
- Prolonged fever
Your First Visit with a Pediatric Immunologist
During your first visit with us, we will ask you and your child about their symptoms. Your doctor will perform a thorough physical exam of your child and go over their medical history. This usually takes about 30 minutes.
Your doctor might order lab tests or imaging if they need more information before making a diagnosis.
After they have diagnosed your child’s condition, your doctor will work with you to create a treatment plan.
Depending on your child’s condition, your doctor may recommend one or a combination of treatment options. These may include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Immunosuppressive medications
- Infusion of monoclonal antibodies
- Pain management
- Physical therapy
Comprehensive Pediatric Care
Dr. Brooks and Dr. Infante in the pediatric allergy and immunology division may work with other specialists to treat your child. We want to be sure that we are treating your child from every angle.
Other members of your child’s care team may include: