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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis


Anyone with rheumatoid arthritis understands the pain and the challenge to live with it, so how many of you can imagine what it would be like to be a child with rheumatoid arthritis? This type of arthritis is often referred by physician’s today as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, so how does this type of arthritis affect a child?

This type of arthritis causes joint inflammation and stiff joints for more than six weeks in children sixteen years or younger, you will find approximately 50,000 children in the USA alone suffer with this type of arthritis? So when your child complains of joint pain regularly you should take them seriously, you might find they are living with idiopathic arthritis?

little girl with juvenile arthritis

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

  • Persistent Joint Pain
  • Stiff Achy Joints
  • Swollen
  • Red
  • Warm To Touch
  • Limping
  • Partial To One Leg or Arm
  • High Fevers
  • Rashes With Fevers

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Types

Oligoarticular JRA is also known as Pauciarticular, you will find this type usually affects a child’s wrists or knees most often? You will find about fifty percent of the children with arthritis has this type, so what are the other types your child might experience?

Polyarticular JRA

  • Begins At Any Age
  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Jaw
  • Neck
  • Swollen Liver
  • Spleen
  • Lymphnodes

Systemic Onset JRA

This type is the least common type of arthritis children experience, you will find only about ten percent of the children with arthritis will have this type? The early signs a child will experience will be a spiking fever up to 103 degrees and a persistent rash, and many children does not experience joint swelling and damage months or years after the fever and a rash begins?

Once inflammation begins it can do irreversible damage to the child’s joints and even their internal organs, you will also experience your child to become anemia with elevated white blood cells.

babies with rheumatoid arthritis

How Do They Treat JRA?


  • Ibuprofen
  • Advil
  • Motrin IB
  • Aleve


  • Methotrexate
  • Also Known As Trexall

TNF Blockers

  • Enbrel
  • Humira
  • Abatacept
  • Orencia
  • Rituxan
  • Kineret
  • Actemra


prednisone for rheumatoid arthritis

Natural Treatment Options

Low-impact exercise will promote strength and joint flexibility for the child, you will find swimming is the recommended exercise activity for the majority of children.

Most children experience the most relief from heat therapy, but there are some children who experience relief from cold therapy?

Anti-Inflammatory Diets

Anti-inflammatory diets are recommended for children with any type of arthritis, you may find the need to add calcium supplements in your child’s diet to help prevent weakening of their bones? You will find anti-inflammatory diets are your best natural treatment which will give your child the most relief, so by changing your child’s diet you can be helping them experience much less pain? Processed foods are trigger foods for most children with any type of arthritis, you will find the high-sugar and high-sodium snacks to be the most harmful for most of these children for increased pain?

Extra Tips

Parents should consult their child’s physician before allowing them to participate in any type of physical activities, you will find some physical activities are helpful and some are harmful for your child?

Encouraging your child to be as active as they possibly can is recommended under the supervision of the child’s physician, you will find the less active your child is the more severe their pain and stiffness will become? At the same time your child can over do physical activities which will increase their symptoms, I recommend your child begin with short periods of a new activity and ease into longer periods to be safe?

It is very important parents inform their child’s school and any activities they are involved in, so many children are forced to participate in activities during school especially by physical educational teachers?

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What Is On My Mind Today?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a terrible experience for adults let alone children, I ask myself why are our children becoming so unhealthy today? The only thing which comes to my mind is the food we are putting into our bodies every day, so many of us love our processed foods and snacks, but are the preservatives in them causing our health problems today?

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