Common JRA Symptom: Stiffness And Swelling
Children with JRA often have stiff joints, making it difficult to move positions or even make small movements like holding utensils. It is usually at its worst upon waking up and gets better throughout the day as the child moves. Upon waking up, the child’s limbs can be limp or will stay in the same position. Another common symptom is swelling or redness around the child’s stiff joints, which is a sign of inflammation. If a child’s joints feel warm to the touch or they complain of hot, searing pain, this is a sign of JRA. Swelling can last for several days or it may come and go, primarily affecting a child’s hands, knees and feet. Children might limp if the swelling and stiffness is in their knees and legs.