Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis - When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if:
- Your child has sudden, unexplained swelling,
redness, and pain in any joint or joints.
- A baby or child is
unusually cranky or reluctant to crawl or walk.
- Red eyes, eye pain,
and blurring or loss of vision occur in a child who has been diagnosed with any
form of juvenile arthritis.
Call your doctor if any of the following symptoms continue
for more than 2 days:
- A child has unexplained daily fever spikes
[103 °F (39.4 °C) to
106 °F (41.1 °C)] with or without
a pink skin rash.
- A baby or child is reluctant to crawl or walk in
the early morning but improves after 1 to 2 hours.
- A child taking aspirin or another nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) develops stomach pain not clearly related to
stomach flu, but possibly related to medicine use. (Symptoms may include heartburn,
nausea, or refusal to eat.)
- Joint pain and skin rash develop
following a sore throat.
It can be hard to know when an infant has joint
pain. A young child may be unusually cranky or may revert to crawling after he
or she has started walking. You may notice gait problems with a walking child
or stiffness in the morning.
Who to see
For a first check of joint pain and other
juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), consult with
For more testing and disease management, consult
rheumatologist who specializes in children's rheumatic
disease (pediatric rheumatologist).
The disease management team
for JIA may also include:
orthopedic surgeon who specializes in children's
orthopedic problems (pediatric
- Physical and occupational
- A registered dietitian, as
- A social worker or psychologist, as needed.
general dentist and an orthodontist, as needed.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.