Treat Juvenile Arthritis Naturally

Juvenile arthritis, also called juvenile idiopathic arthritis or JIA, is a childhood autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and swelling of the joints. The causes of JIA are not known but it is believed to be a combination of an over-active immune system that attacks the joints and organs, viruses, and genetics.

There are five types of juvenile arthritis. Oligoarticular is the most common and the mildest. It affects between one and four joints. Polyarticular can be severe and is much like rheumatoid arthritis in adults. Systemic can affect many joints and spread to organs; it is the most severe form of juvenile arthritis. Enthesitis-related affects not just the joints but the tendons and ligaments as well. Psoriatic affects joints, skin and nails.

What are the symptoms of Juvenile Arthritis?

  • Joint pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Joint stiffness in the morning
  • Irritability
  • Refusing to walk
  • Protecting or guarding joints
  • Limping
  • Changes in symptoms from no symptoms to sudden, acute symptoms
  • Pain
  • Stiff movements
  • Rubbing joints
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Trouble sleeping

How do I prevent Juvenile Arthritis?

Because the cause of juvenile arthritis isn’t well understood, it is impossible to prevent juvenile arthritis. You can, however, take steps to control the symptoms and provide your child with a comfortable standard of living.

How do I treat Juvenile Arthritis?

Natural treatments for juvenile arthritis should be done in conjunction with traditional medical practices. Talk to your doctor before you try any form of supplements or an exercise routine to make sure it won’t conflict with your child’s medications or cause further injury.

  • If your child is suffering from a flare up call their doctor immediately. Then try ice to help keep any swelling and inflammation down. After 24 hours you can try applying heat.
  • Learn how to massage joints to provide pain relief.
  • Change activities and have alternative activities planned in case a flare up occurs.
  • Keep children active so they maintain a healthy, comfortable weight, keep up their muscle strength and retain their flexibility.
  • Keep kids distracted. Try to help them focus on other activities such as school or art so they can forget their pain for a little while.
  • Help your child get sleep. Dress them in loose pajamas and make their bed as comfortable as possible. Encourage napping, especially during a flare up.
  • Avoid asking about pain level and instead learn to judge pain level by needs. Ask if you can get the child anything or if how things are going and let them determine the answer based on how they are feeling. Build a mental scale of their needs based on their pain level from their answer.
  • Work on deep breathing and meditation exercises to help them distract the mind from the pain.
  • If regular exercise is too hard on their body, consider alternative exercise like water aerobics.
  • Make sure they are getting plenty of calcium and vitamin D in their diets. Both are crucial for bone health and growth.
  • Work with school staff so they understand your child’s needs and can make adjustments as necessary. Never ever allow a school staff member to bully your child into activities that they are in too much pain to participate in.
  • Try an elimination diet. Cut out all foods that may cause problems like gluten, dairy and even potatoes and tomatoes. See if symptoms improve, then slowly add them back in one at a time. Permanently eliminate any foods that cause a recurrence of symptoms.
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