What is Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and How Can You Deal with It?
An arthritic condition in children that causes stiffness and pain in joints
About 1 child in every 1,000 develops some type of chronic arthritis.
- Self-diagnosable or can be medically diagnosed
- Can be treated by a medical professional
- Lab testing or imaging often required
- Medium-term: can be resolved within months or years
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) or juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a form of arthritis in children aged 16 or younger, although rarely in the first six months of life. It causes inflammation and stiffness of joints for more than six weeks. In this condition, any joint can be affected and inflammation may limit the mobility of affected joints. Unlike adult arthritic conditions that are chronic in nature, JRA usually resolves with age.
Ages affected: Children aged below 16
Symptoms include inflammation of affected joints, affecting the mobility of the affected joint.
People may experience:
Common joints: Knee, feet, or hands
Pain: Along with swelling, stiffness, warmth, rashes, and redness around the affected joint
Whole body: Fever, chills, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes in case of systemic JRA
Also common: Limping, eye inflammation, weight issues, or slow growth
Self-care: Regular health checkups are a must, especially in the case of younger children who cannot diagnose or understand the symptoms on their own.
Medication: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and swelling. Other antirheumatic medicines may be prescribed, depending on the child’s age and severity of the condition.
Specialist: For medical help, consult a pediatrician, rheumatologists, and therapists. At mfine, we prescribe personalized healthcare treatments on the basis of one’s overall medical history.