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Kiddie Wellness: Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

We normally associate aches with elders so sometimes parents dismiss young children's complaints as growing pains. But that isn't always the case. Actress and mother of three, Jennie Garth, recently talked about a three month scare that she and her husband, Peter Facinelli, had with their five-year-old daughter. Lola. She said:

"It turned out to be a form of JRA [Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis] and we treated her and it's in remission," says Garth. "It was tough, but she's better now."

JRA can be caused by an overactive immune system, a virus or infection or genetics. To learn about the symptoms,


According to WebMD, the following are signs of JRA, which causes inflamed, swollen joints.

  • Joint pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Problems walking

In some cases these symptoms can be mild and hard for you to see. A young child may be more cranky than normal or may go back to crawling after he or she has started walking. You may notice that your child feels stiff in the morning or has trouble walking.

If your child has these symptoms, consult your pediatrician.

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PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
"JRA can be caused by an OVERACTIVE IMMUNE SYSTEM, a virus or infection or genetics. To learn about the symptoms, read more." And then anon #4 said: "I breastfed her for 3 years; to have an auto-immune disorder is a slap in the face." -I'm not blaming you because over course it's not your fault that your daughter developed JRA and breast feeding for as long as possible is normally said to be good for a child. Perhaps, in her case it was too much of a good thing along with any genetics and caused her to have an OVERACTIVE immune system. No one would expect it but it seems to have gone down that way. Good luck with your rehabilitating daughter, Anon.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 9 years
my boyfriend had that as a child. It totally wreaked havoc on some of his joints -- mainly his left shoulder, his neck, and his jaw. It's awful, he was pretty sick as a little boy :(
badkitty badkitty 9 years
how scary. i am glad that she is better.
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
Are her daughters all wearing the same top?
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