If your child’s immune system isn’t working how it should or is missing needed parts, your child is more open to serious infections and illness. An infection that is minor in most children may cause more danger for your child. When your child’s immune system doesn’t protect them, they may need special care in the PICU. Read more about immune system conditions.
Problems with the immune system cause some rheumatic conditions. Rheumatic conditions have to do with swelling and pain, mainly in the joints and muscles. Lupus is one example. In lupus, the immune system attacks healthy cells, damaging joints, skin, blood vessels and organs. Read more about rheumatic conditions.