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What Are the Symptoms of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis may appear during episodes (flare-ups) or may be chronic and continuous. The following are the most common symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. However, each child may experience symptoms differently.
Symptoms may include:
Swollen, stiff, and painful joints, especially in the morning or after a nap (joints in the knees, hands, and feet are most commonly affected)
High fever and rash, if systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
Swollen lymph nodes, if systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
Warmth and redness in a joint
Decreased use of one or more particular joints
Decreased appetite, poor weight gain, and slow growth
Symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.