July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month. This debilitating disease is often thought of as a condition that people in their later years of life develop, but over 300,000 children in the United States are currently suffering from a form of arthritis. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, which is also known as JIA, is classified as being an autoimmune disease. Not only do children who have this disease experience the common symptoms of arthritis, such as stiff joints, swelling in the areas of pain, and issues with mobility, they also exhibit the signs of an autoimmune disease as well. Here are some common signs that your child could be suffering from JIA.
Limping or lameness directly after waking up in the morning and after naps – In adults with rheumatoid arthritis, getting up after sleeping all night is difficult because their joints are swollen. In children with JIA, they could also show lameness or limp after a nap or when they get up in the morning. They could also start limping after prolonged periods of physical activity as well.
Stiffness in their neck – Children generally do not have pain in their neck that is not directly related to an injury to their head. If your child is complaining of pain or stiffness in their neck, this could be a sign that they have JIA. Additionally, if their lymph nodes are swollen in their neck and they are telling you their neck hurts, this also could be a symptom.
Warm, swollen joints – Another sign that your child might have JIA is a sudden onset of red, warm joints that seem to be swollen to the touch. These joints may stay enlarged for a long period of time or pass after an hour, but it is more than likely that this is a sign of JIA in a child.
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