Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a disease that happens to children. It causes swollen and stiff joints. Experts think it happens when a child's natural defences (immune system) attack his or her joints.
Your child may have some pain and walk with a limp. And your child may have red or swollen eyes.
Sometimes this disease is called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
Your child can take pills or get a shot in a joint to reduce pain and swelling. Physiotherapy can help keep your child's joints flexible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 10, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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