Think of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and you probably think of the stiff, painful, and inflamed joints that characterize the disease. But what you might not know is that RA complications can occur in many parts of the body. The autoimmune process that wreaks havoc on the joints can also affect the eyes, lungs, skin, heart and blood vessels, and other organs. The medications you take for RA can have unwanted side effects as well. And, dealing with a chronic disease like RA day in and day out may cause...
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 such as 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.
It is reasonable to try home
treatment (hot or cold packs, rest, and acetaminophen) for mild joint pain. If
there is no improvement in 1 to 2 weeks or if any of the other symptoms
described above are present, see a doctor. If redness or swelling is present in
a single joint, or if the pain is severe, call your doctor immediately. This
could mean an infection in the joint.