Developmental Disabilities

Juvenile Arthritis

Juvenile Arthritis.


Juvenile Arthritis is a noncontagious condition that causes swelling or inflammation of the joint linings, resulting in pain in one or more joints.  It is exhibited in a number of different ways.  However, there are some basic characteristics that are usually evident in one form or another in all types.

The child may have pain, stiffness or swelling of joints – lower back wrists, hands, neck and legs.  Effects may be more severe in the morning or different days. The lack of movement for long periods of time can cause stiffness of the joints, which can lead to weak muscles.  Redness may show where the pain is located. Chills and a fever can accompany this condition. Other symptoms are eye inflammation, stomach pain, and enlarged lymph nodes and glands.

Child may walk with a limp or not use a limb because of pain.

Things you can do to help:  a warm pool for exercise, give the child extra time to get to and from places, rest between physical activities and water play, exercises the child can do and stretching.