Hey everybody, I don’t think you need my intro again, so now that you know it’s me. I have been busy working on various awareness days and events. I also need you to help me spread this awareness among your friends and family; let’s now start with our month’s awareness events. This month is known as “Arthritis Awareness Month”.
July is designated as Juvenile arthritis awareness month. It is a misbelieve that only old people are affected with arthritis. Around 3, 00,000 children in America suffer from Juvenile arthritis. It is one of the most common diseases in children. This is an autoimmune and inflammatory condition occurring in children aging 16 and younger. Juvenile arthritis can cause bone and joint development problems. It can also affect eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract. The most common type is juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
The most frequent symptoms of this type of arthritis are joint swelling, ache, and rigidity. Mainly in the knees, hands and feet. These symptoms worsen in morning and after a cat nap. There are several types of juvenile arthritis. Many children have genetic disorder which develops their chances of having a juvenile disorder. Researchers haven’t found any direct cause for it or evidence that any types of toxins or food lead to this type of disease
If your child or any family member is suffering with this type of symptoms, the only thing you should do is get them accurately diagnosed. There are no curing steps of juvenile arthritis but there are many treatments can improve their quality life that includes:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, and analgesics that relieves swelling and hold back pain.
- Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biologics which prevents joint injury
- Support or splints to hold joints in proper position and aid pain, and orthopedics to improve balance in leg length.
- Physical therapy to improve flexibility in joints and also occupational therapy to assist children and adults study on how to cope with normal activities without annoying their arthritis.
- Wear arthritis bracelet as a sign of identification so that it can help you in tough times when you are in an unstable situation or unconsciousness.
And yes, my dear friends, it is very important for kids living with juvenile arthritis to intake healthy food and also do regular exercise to keep joints strong and pliable.
Do you have juvenile arthritis? Let us know how you or your family manages with it. I would love to hear from you. Friends, spread this awareness as much as you can.
Be back soon. Happy Weekend guys!!!
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Here is our Juvenile Arthritis Awareness ribbon you can download and print! Please share with your friends!