One of the most common forms of arthritis is juvenile arthritis. Everyone should have the knowledge on symptoms of juvenile arthritis. Usually, children under the age of 17 are its victim. Younger children i.e. infants also can be targeted by juvenile arthritis. In some of the severe cases, it causes deformity in the bones which might interfere in overall development of the body. Sometimes, slow exposure of the symptoms makes it difficult for the patient to figure out that they actually are the patient.
This disease is most common among the children who have immune disorder, i.e. the imbalance in the immune system. Immune system itself becomes the cause to worsen the disease. The cause of this disorder is still a mystery for scientists and doctors. However, some research shows that juvenile arthritis might be hereditary while others prove it to be a viral infectious disease.
Preventive measures can be applied to weaken the intensity of juvenile arthritis. However, it may be difficult to recognize the symptoms in the first place. Sometimes, if you are not well informed, you may never be able to recognize the symptoms given by juvenile arthritis.
Most Common Symptoms of Juvenile Arthritis
1. Stiffness, usually in the morning
You may notice the difference in flexibility in your child’s movements in the morning. The stiffness in the joints usually worsens in the beginning of a day. Even normal physical activities like eating or walking might be difficult to perform.
2. Intense pain in knees, neck, feet or jaw joints
Children may not find themselves feeling comfortable around the areas in knees, feet, jaw, neck or elbows. An intense pain is experienced early in the morning which lessens throughout the day. There is no any specific pain killing drugs that makes the pain given by this disease fade out completely. With time, the pain as well as the stiffness in joints and muscles might become worse.
3. Swelling of joints
Swelling is another of the most common symptoms of juvenile arthritis. You can observe the usual tenderness around the joints and the joints might get red and warm when touched. Unlike other forms, in the case of juvenile arthritis, swelling is unexpected. It may get abnormally intensified one day and totally disappear the next day.
4. Recurrent fever
Similar to swelling, fever given by juvenile arthritis is also recurrent. The patient experiences extreme fatigue in almost every muscle without much of a physical exercise. Fever being recurrent, might become intense in the morning and disappear throughout the day and vice versa.
5. Weight loss
Weight loss is the most common problem in most of the children suffering from juvenile arthritis. The likeliness of a child to eat any type of food totally decreases as the disease intensifies. Because of muscle and joint pain, most of the children lack appetite resulting in weight loss.
6. Skin rashes
Persistent skin rashes might be noticed in some of the cases. Marks around the neck, legs, cheeks, hands are most common. Unusual rashes and itchiness around almost every part of the body may be the symptoms of more severe case of juvenile arthritis.
7. Vision problem
Children may complain their vision being weak and blurred. Short sightedness is the most common problem among the children. Eyes become watery when kids try to force themselves seeing distant objects. Other problem like conjunctivitis is also common caused by easily transmissible bacterial infections.
8. Growth problem or uneven growth
Because juvenile arthritis mostly targets children under the age of 17, they might also suffer from growth problem. Its the difficult symptoms of juvenile arthritis to find out. Bones become very weak when the disease intensifies which stunts growth and can also cause uneven growth of bones. Some may find themselves with one hand longer than the other or their fingers and toes being uneven.