As you may already know, rheumatoid is not determinant of age and anybody can get it. This means that little kids can also get and therefore you need to be on the lookout for the rheumatoid arthritis as they may not be able to express themselves. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis can affect kids as young as 6 months up to 16 years. The most common form o juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is the juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). This rheumatoid arthritis just affects kids and it is in no way similar to the adult arthritis. The body white blood cells fail to distinguish between the body cell and the foreign cell and they attack the body cell, the result of this inflammation and pain.
The initial common symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis include joint pain and reddened and warm joints. In some cases JIA is also associated with high fever that tends to be worse in the evening hours but reduce during the other times of the day. This fever causes the kid to be pale and very weak, at this time the kid will get lymph nodes; the joints will also get very painful and stiff.
There are about seven types of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis each with its own specific symptoms. The first type of JIA is polyarticular arthritis with a negative rheumatoid factor. This type is mostly common in girls than boys. Its symptoms are pain in more than five joints, swelling of joints. This rheumatoid arthritis also affects the hips, ankles, hands knees and neck joints. The other is the polyarticular arthritis that has a positive rheumatoid factor. This type of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis has common symptoms like those of an adult and therefore very dangerous. Kids affected by this type stand high chances of suffering from join damage and hence deformity.
There is also another form of JIA that is knows an undifferentiated arthritis. It is known so because it posses many symptoms of the other types of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. You can note this type of JIA in your kid by the following symptoms; sore knee, which might cause limping, wrist of finger pains. Severe joint pains and also stiffness is also a common symptom. The kid can also be attacked by high fevers especially in the evenings and will develop body lashes that do not last for long. Enthesitis- related arthritis is another type of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis that affects the kids’ spines. It has symptoms like joint inflammation. This type of arthritis is commonly related with the inflammatory bowel disease.
The psoriatic arthritis affects the finger and toe nails. This type is believed to be genetically inherited. The other type of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is the oligoarthritis and it has the following symptoms; stiff, swollen and painful joints, especially the knees and the wrist joints though it can affect other joints as well. This type also causes irritation of the iris part of the eye. The other type of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is the systematic JIA which affects all joints. This type causes the kid to develop high fevers in the evening, develop lashes, become ill and weak and the lymph nodes also enlarge. The joint are also subjected to severe pain and stiffness.