Kathryn Hawley

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. Juvenile arthritis is also referred to as childhood arthritis that can cause serious changes to joints and/or the musculoskeletal system.  

There are many forms of juvenile arthritis and it is important to get a thorough physical examination to assess what type of test may be needed. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe symptoms of childhood arthritis to include joint pain, swelling, fever, stiffness, rash, fatigue, loss of appetite, possible inflammation of the eye(s) and difficulty with daily living activities such as walking, dressing and playing. 

To better understand arthritis, different types of arthritis, how childhood arthritis is diagnosed, how it can affect various body parts and how to appropriately address what to do when certain body parts are not working normally, visit your nodawaypublichealth.org for direct links.

Kathryn Hawley, RN & Health Educator, Nodaway County Health Dept.