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In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination your child's physician will obtain a complete prenatal and birth history of your child and ask if your child has had any recent colds or other infections.
Currently, there is no diagnostic test that definitively tells that a child has JRA. Diagnosis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is usually confirmed based on the presence of the following:
Joint inflammation usually must be present for at least six weeks, continuously
Aspirin and the risk of Reye syndrome in children
Do not give aspirin to a child without first contacting the child's physician. Aspirin, when given as treatment for children, has been associated with Reye syndrome, a potentially serious or deadly disorder in children. Therefore, pediatricians and other healthcare providers recommend that aspirin (or any medication that contains aspirin) not be used to treat any viral illnesses in children.