The symptoms of pediatric Sjögren's syndrome are different than those seen in adults. For example, children rarely experience dry eyes and dry mouth—typical symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome in adults.
The most common symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome in children are unexplainable rashes on the skin and general fatigue and malaise (tiredness). Children with Sjögren's syndrome can also have the following symptoms:
Some children with Sjögren's syndrome have no symptoms at all, and the condition is discovered when the doctor is looking for another condition, such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
Sometimes, a newborn can be born with neonatal lupus syndrome, because his or her mother had Sjögren's antibodies in her system during the pregnancy. These antibodies may not produce symptoms in the mother, so she may not be aware that she has characteristics of Sjögren's until the antibodies are passed on to her child. Note that neonatal lupus does not lead to Sjögren's syndrome. Rather, it is the result of Sjögren's syndrome antibodies that the mother unknowingly shares with the baby before birth.
Your child’s doctor may use one or more of the following tests to diagnose Sjögren's syndrome:
Treatment for Sjögren's syndrome depends on your child's symptoms. Your child’s doctor may prescribe one or more of the following treatments:
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