Joint pain becomes a common problem with many possible causes which can suffer any age person. You mostly heard about the joint pain in elders but have you ever heard about joint pain in children.
Nobody takes this problem seriously; they take it like a joke. But this becomes a serious issue in children. If your children are suffering from continuous pain in their joint, then do not take it as a joke and immediately contact to a doctor for a proper treatment.
Your child may suddenly wake up at midnight with a sudden pain in his legs. This pain may be kept on growing and you cannot reduce this with your home remedies without knowing the reason behind it.
Possible Sign and Symptoms
You can easily identify the sign and symptom of your child earlier joint pain. The pain keeps on growing and the muscle gets more affected as compared to the joints. This pain may happen in different area such as the front thigh, behind the knee or in the calves.
The joints become swollen, red, tender and warm but sometimes they look normal due to growth of the child. The pain may be occurring in the late afternoon or early evening before bed. The pain may wake up the child at midnight but sometimes kids do not have pain every day.
Causes of Child Joint Pain
The three most common cause which results in joint pain is an infection, bone cancer and autoimmune disease.
It is noted that infection, common viral like dengue and flu, can become the reason for joint pain. Sometimes joint pain may occur due to bacterial infection in joints which is commonly called as arthritis.
The pain may increase due to the jumping, climbing, and running and can appear due to an athletic day.
The children are not able to describe their condition. The one symptom from which doctor can start his diagnose is how a child responds to touch. The Child suffering from serious cause never tolerates any movement due to handling but with growing pain some feel better when they are held and massaged.
Diagnosis can be done by doing physical examination but in rare cases blood test and X-ray might be done. Treatment helps to regulate the overactive immune system and reduce inflammation.
How to help your Child at Home
You can help your child to come out from the pain with some of the simple techniques mentioned below:
- Give a gentle massage to their joints so they can feel better.
- Put ice or cold pack on their pain area joints
- Try some stretching exercises which do not put any pressure on their joints.
- A warm bath before bedtime
- Medicine if necessary and do not give two or more than two medicine at the same time
Give comfort to your child to reduce the pain and take a proper care to their joints.
Time to call the Doctor
These are the symptoms which are more serious as compared to the growing pain:
- Pain in the morning
- Continue pain after getting an injury
- Joints ache, redness, swelling and Fever
- Gets unusual rashes
- Become tired or weak
- The activity becomes less than usual
- If continue pain more than two weeks
- Performance get affected due to pain
Signs of Arthritis in Your Child
Arthritis does not only affect the older people but it also affects any age people even how your children. In children, the growing legs pain may be a sign of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.
The symptoms come and go and it becomes hard to find out the correct symptoms. The pain not just results in swelling and redness it also affects your child movement and lowers his strength.
This disease generally results in inflammation of synovium tissue and is an autoimmune disease. There is no any exact cause of this disease it may be related to genetic, infections and environmental issues.
Some of the common symptoms are as under:
- Weight loss, blurred vision, and eye pain
- Fatigue and fever
- Pain and swelling in Joints
- The stiffness of joints mainly in the morning
Diagnose Procedure for this Child Arthritis
There are no predictable symptoms of child arthritis which make difficulty in diagnosis. There is not any particular test for this disease. The doctor takes a complete history with all medical examination. Some of the tests are:
- A complete blood count
- Blood and urine lab tests
- X- rays if any bone damage
- Blood culture which helps to find out any infection in the bloodstream
- Tests for viruses and Lyme disease
These are the some of the starting tests from which doctor find out the proper cause of pain.
Treatments Given to your Child
Doctor generally advice two types of treatments that are exercise and medicine. If your child has positive result for arthritis can get more joint damage. So, it becomes necessary to give a proper treatment. The proper treatment helps in several ways given as below:
- To slow down the pain and reduce the swelling
- Help to increase joint movement and strength
- To decrease the risk of joint damage and other complications
Thus, from the above detail, you can easily help your child and find out proper cause their joint pain. If you found the above article helpful to you, please like, share and give your suggestion in the comment box.