Actually it's a misconception that only the elderly can be affected by arthritis. The thing is that children may suffer from this health disorder. It is necessary to know that up to 285 thousand children in the US have arthritis.
Generally, to describe arthritis in kids the term ‘juvenile arthritis‘ is used. People suffering from arthritis who are under sixteen are actually classified in a different way as it’s different with adult people. In fact, they have different symptoms of the disease and commonly are diagnosed differently. Juvenile arthritis can be of 3 types, every type affects particular body joints.
The polyarticular juvenile arthritis is an infection which affected five and more joints therefore it is commonly named “disorder of many joints.” The type is similar to rheumatoid arthritis. Girls are actually more prone to the disease compared to boys. Basically, the joints get affected on both sides symmetrically, mostly the small joints of the hands. The symptoms are weight loss, growth problems, fever, and anemia. Sometimes children with polyarticular arthritis are more likely to have unceasing damage and destruction of the joints.
Pauciarticular juvenile arthritis is known to affect fewer joints than the polyarticular one, and it is generally called as “disorder of few body joints.” As a matter of fact, the body parts which are often affected are the wrists, elbows, ankles and knees. The joints get stressed rather asymmetrically and there may be cases when only one joint is affected on one side. This type is the most widely spreading. Unfortunately, about 50% of kids experience juvenile arthritis symptoms. And girls are more prone to developing the condition than boys.
Juvenile arthritis symptoms of this type are poor appetite, anemia, and fever. Very often children having this type of disorder can suffer from inflammatory eye problem, which is called iridocyclitis.
Systematic juvenile arthritis is not very common unlike those mentioned above. It affects about 10% of kids with such a diagnosis. Systematic juvenile arthritis affects different body parts as well as internal organs.
Juvenile arthritis symptoms often start with small grade fevers, which can last for several weeks or even months. Actually, skin rashes are possible to appear on the chest and thighs. There might anemia, weight loss, fatigue, heart burns, enlarged lymph nodes and spleen, as well as raised number of white cells of the blood.
Juvenile arthritis symptoms should be detected early and properly diagnosed. It is also important to choose the right treatment for arthritis.