Parents of children know one thing all too well: kids get sick, and they tend to get sick pretty often. The good news is that most children rebound quickly, thanks to the generally resilient immune systems of young people. Parents often acquire the illnesses spread by their children and rarely is their rebound time so short.
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Unfortunately, not all illnesses are easy for children to overcome. And some, like juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, can initially appear like a fairly common illness — such as a head cold — but simply refuse to go away, leaving children uncomfortable for a prolonged period of time. So, how can you tell if a child has just a head cold or something more serious, like juvenile arthritis? Let’s take a look at some common symptoms of the latter condition.
1. Joint pain
Joint pain is rarely associated with children; instead, it’s generally considered an adult problem that develops as people progress from middle age into their later years. But there are a few common health conditions, like the flu, that can leave children complaining about achy joints. Of course, some kids may complain of experiencing joint pain after engaging in extensive physical activity, such as playing sports with friends.
But this joint pain should pass within a few days, at most. Should a child complain of significant joint pain for a longer period of time, such as a week or more, parents should consider taking them to a physician, who can carry out a number of simple tests to see if the problem is related to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.