Kids + Life

Given the frequent common symptoms of autoimmune are fatigue, inflammation, muscle/joint pain, digestive issues and more frequent occurrence of infections, this section covers ideas for moms to manage their health with active kids and at different periods in their life. Because many autoimmune conditions have a genetic component, staying on top of your children's potential to develop the conditions is important.

Will My Kids Get Autoimmune? Sibling & First-Degree Relatives Research Gives Clues To Family Risk of Autoimmune

Autoimmune family research - lupus twin study

Examining the occurrence of disease in first-degree relatives (parents, siblings, children) is a powerful method used to discern genetic versus non-genetic factors leading to disease.  Of the various familial connections, sibling comparisons are often more useful than others.  While the ultimate tool for parsing genetic from environmental/other causes is a study of identical twins raised in separate environments, this is obviously very rare. Thus, the

How Does Anxiety Relate To Autoimmune? In So Many Ways…

anxiety, depression and autoimmune disease

There is almost always some level of anxiety when dealing with any illness (from the common cold to cancer, and everything in between).  But autoimmune diseases are particularly vexing and frequently quite vague in presentation, which means that autoimmune patients are especially susceptible to the power of stressors and the effects that the resultant anxiety can bring.  And as most readers probably know all too

How To Avoid Holiday Autoimmune Flares

Santa

It seems that once Halloween hits, the stress and pressure of the holidays falls upon us.  Once the crisp winds of Autumn arrive, I start seeing my schedule book up with holiday parties, gift buying, food preparation and lists of to-dos. As an autoimmune mom myself, I can feel the anxiety try to creep up on my nervous system. The holidays, albeit lively, festive and

Hate Being Too Tired To Play With Your Kids? Tips For Managing Energy In Daily Life

Throwing and catching the ball

Energy management and balancing expenditure versus conservation is an important issue for even the most healthy among us.  For those suffering from autoimmune disease, for whom fatigue is often a major factor and symptom, proper management is crucial, as both a means of alleviating overall fatigue and ensuring that one has enough energy for the most significant daily activities.  Here we consider some aspects of

Keep Calm and Give The Immune System A Boost: Meditate!

As autoimmune moms, we have a *ton* on our plates:  juggling our own autoimmune symptoms (or that of our kids) and overall health, trying to be good moms to our kids, keeping up with the house, cooking, and our family activities.  It sometimes doesn’t seem possible to balance anything else or add anything in.  There are moments when pulling your hair out and screaming at