July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Did you know over 300,000 CHILDREN in AMERICA HAVE been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis?

It is a common misconception that only “old” people are afflicted with arthritis.  When juvenile arthritis first shows its symptoms in a child’s body, many parents downplay it to something else, causing a delay in getting an early diagnosis. However, you can’t blame the parents. Who really thinks their child has arthritis?

What is juvenile arthritis?

Most people don’t know that kids get arthritis. A child’s immune system is not fully formed until about age 18, so an “autoimmune” form of arthritis is especially aggressive in children, compromising their ability to fight normal diseases and leaving them open to complications that may affect their eyes, bone growth, etc. Here are some of the key symptoms to watch for :

  • Joint pain
  • Swelling
  • Fever
  • Stiffness
  • Rash
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inflammation of the eye
  • Difficulty with daily living activities such as walking, dressing, and playing

For more information or other helpful tips, visit our free resource section on the LYLWL’s Website.

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