Dec 31, 2012 7:00 AM by Diana Kohnle
Health Tip: Signs That Your Child May Have Juvenile Arthritis
(HealthDay News) -- Joint pain may be a common complaint among children, but prolonged joint pain accompanied by swelling can be signs of juvenile arthritis.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says common symptoms of juvenile arthritis include:
- Joint pain that is worse in the morning and improves during the day. A child may limp or complain that their hands and feet hurt.
- Swelling in the joints and lymph nodes.
- Irritability, fatigue or apathy toward playing with others.
- A "hot" sensation in the joints, and weakness of the muscles and tissues surrounding the joints.
- A very high fever and a light pink rash, which occur infrequently and tend to go away quickly.