Juvenile arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis that affects kids. Just as in adults, the main cause is not known. This disease is autoimmune and the body’s immune system attacks it own body cells resulting in inflammation in the affected area. The results of the immune system attacking the body’s cell is pain, swelling and inflammation as the body tries to adjust. There are many theories that revolve trying to explain what causes juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Each theory has proof to support and they all try to make sense.
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis can be a hereditary; this is true because if you take in account the history of the child’s family, there tends to be somebody who had had the disease before. Environmental factors also tend to trigger the progress of the disease in the child’s body. This is supported by the fact that juvenile rheumatoid arthritis can become more severe during the rainy seasons than during summer. The disease can also be triggered by either virus, bacteria of even fungi. This is clear that juvenile rheumatoid arthritis must have something triggering it in action and it cannot just start on its own.
Even though it is not clear what causes juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, it is good to understand the effects it has in your child’s health and life in general so as to be very keen on observing them. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is known to affect girls than it affects it affects boys. The results of this deadly disease in your child’s health can include poor growth and development. There might be uneven bone development and this might lead to the child having a limp walk. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is also known to cause eye problems. It can affect the iris causing painless inflammation. Since it is painless, it might not seem to be serious but in real sense, if not well treated it can even lead to blindness.
To avoid such painful effects on your child’s health life, it is good to visit a doctor before any damage is caused. Since unlike adult, the child cannot express how they are feeling better, it is advisable that you prepare a list of the symptoms you note in your child and present it to the doctor. A child can also feel comfortable telling you their feeling than telling it to the doctor. By this you will have made it easier for the doctor to deal with your child’s problem. It will be better still if you give the doctor all the details about the child’s medical history, the medical history of the family. This will help the doctor in determining the possible causes of your child’s rheumatoid arthritis.
Joint pain alone cannot be enough to declare the presence of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. This is because joint pain can be caused by many factors. Therefore a lot of tests need to be taken before any conclusion is made regarding the presence of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. The child can undergo blood test, rheumatoid factor test, anti-nuclear antibody test and x-ray scans. If the results of the test show positive juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, proper medication is started immediately.