Treatments for Sarcoidosis in Children

What are the treatments for sarcoidosis?

Components of your child's treatment may include:

  • corticosteroid medications - taken orally, these medications reduce inflammation and help control severe symptoms

  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - taken orally, these medications also help control inflammation and symptoms without some of the side effects of other steroids

  • other medications to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain, and to slow the progress of the disease

  • immunosuppressive medications to suppress the hyperactivity of the immune system that leads to autoimmunity

  • physical therapy to improve and maintain muscle and joint function

  • occupational therapy to improve and maintain your child's ability to perform activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and using a computer

  • patient and family education to help you understand your child's condition and participate in her care and healing

  • psychosocial support for the emotional, mental and social health of both child and family. Support may include one-on-one counseling, support groups or referral to local and national resources.

What is the long-term outlook for a child with sarcoidosis?

Like the symptoms and treatments, the long-term outlook for sarcoidosis is very different for each person. Talk to your child's physician for more information about your unique situation.