Juvenile arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the joints. Arthritis in kids is extremely serious, especially if left untreated.
Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to recognize arthritis in kids. Parents oftentimes think the swollen joints and fever is just the flu.
The most common signs and symptoms of juvenile arthritis:
- Pain: Your child may limp — especially first thing in the morning or after a nap.
- Swelling: Joint swelling is common. It is often first noticed in larger joints like the knee.
- Stiffness: This may present itself as clumsiness — especially first thing in the morning or after a nap.
Take your child to the doctor if he or she has joint pain, swelling or stiffness for more than a week — especially if he or she also has a fever.
Treatment for juvenile arthritis focuses on maintaining a normal quality of life. Doctors may use a combination of strategies to relieve pain and swelling, maintain full movement and strength, and prevent complications.
If you think your child may be experiencing symptoms caused by arthritis, please call 1-877-240-1365 to schedule an appointment.