Most people think arthritis is a disease that only adults get, but about 1 child in every 1,000 develops some type of chronic arthritis. It is estimated that around 300,000 children in the United States have been diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis. Children are often affected by illness but when they feel pain, stiffness, swelling or fatigue at odd times without clear cause, it might be a sign of Juvenile Arthritis.
Children as young as two can be affected but they cannot express what they are feeling, therefore it is difficult to diagnose. It is important to take extra caution in identifying the signs listed below that could be more than a common discomfort.
Most noticeable when waking up. Knees, hands, feet, neck or jaw joints may be in pain and may not be helped by over the counter drugs.
Stiff joints that usually gets worse after waking up.
A strong sign of Juvenile Arthritis is swelling. It happens around joints that may come and go for days.
Frequent fevers accompanied by discomfort or fatigue that occurs suddenly and disappears after a short time.
Rashes may develop for weeks over the knuckles, cheeks, bridge of the nose, arm and leg that may not necessarily itch.
Fatigued and lack of appetite.
Persistent eye redness, pain or blurred vision.
As the symptoms might be confused with childhood injuries, it is suggested that parents consult a physician to determine the cause of the problem and recommend necessary treatments and/or medical devices, like an Acorn Stairlift, that can help alleviate joint pain.
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