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Juvenile Arthritis

Does Your Child Complain Of Pain In Legs?

Being a parent, you overwhelmed with joy when your child takes the first tiny step.

But in some cases, children are diagnosed with Juvenile arthritis at very early age and they have to deal with the evil pain of arthritis every day.

Children are so active that parents don’t even realize that there is any problem unless a deformity seen. It is the time to create awareness, so that no parent has to hear, ‘Your child has juvenile arthritis.’

What is juvenile arthritis?

Juvenile arthritis is an inflammation (swelling) of the joints in children. It is an autoimmune disorder which means that the system that normally protects the body from foreign substances, attacks the body instead.

It is commonly known as Idiopathic Arthritis and the cause of the disease is unknown. Researchers believe juvenile arthritis might be associated with genetics, certain infections or any environmental triggers.

Types of Juvenile Arthritis (JA):

Systemic arthritis
Affect the whole body with symptoms like high fever and a rash. The rash is typically on the trunk, arms, and legs. Also systemic juvenile arthritis can affect internal organs, like the guts, liver, spleen, and lymph nodes, but usually not the eyes. Boys and girls are equally affected.

Oligoarthritis
Affects fewer than five joints within the first six months that the kid has the disease. The joints most ordinarily affected are the knee, ankle, and wrist. Oligoarthritis mainly affect eyes, most frequently the iris.

Polyarthritis
This type of arthritis can affect the joints within the jaw & neck also as those within the hands and feet. This type is also more common in girls than in boys and more closely resembles the adult form.

Psoriatic arthritis
Affect children who have both arthritis & psoriasis. The kid might get either the psoriasis or the arthritis years before developing the opposite a part of the disease. Children with this sort of arthritis often have pitted fingernails.

Enthesitis
Enthesitis affects the spine, hips, eyes, and ends of the bone where muscles attached.This sort of arthritis occurs mainly in boys older than 8 years aged. There’s often a case history ankylosing spondylitis among the child’s male relatives.

Symptoms of Juvenile Arthritis (JA):

Children with juvenile arthritis show following symptoms which vary depending on the type of arthritis.

Symptoms May Include:

  1. Joint stiffness& swelling
  2. Tenderness within the joints
  3. Persistent fever
  4. Rashes
  5. Weight loss
  6. Fatigue&Irritability
  7. Eye redness or pain
  8. Blurred vision

If you see any of these symptoms of JA in your child, then do not overlook. Consult your doctor immediately.

Remember, a child with arthritis can also lead an active life if provided with proper treatment and care at the right time.

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