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July 2, 2009

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July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. The Arthritis Foundation defines juvenile arthritis as “any form of arthritis or arthritis-related condition that develops in children or teenagers who are less than 18 years of age.” They report that approximately 294,000 children under the age of 18 are affected by pediatric arthritis and other rheumatologic conditions.

The most common form of arthritis in children is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. While it is understood to be an autoimmune disease, its exact cause is not known. The most common features of this disease are joint inflammation, joint contracture, joint damage, and change in growth. Some children may complain of joint stiffness following rest or a decreased activity level and weakness in muscles around involved joints. Diagnosis can be difficult and may occur only after other disorders have been ruled out.

Update on Rheumatology: Part 1 CE
MANAGING THE PAIN: Assessing and Managing Pain in the Pediatric Patient
Family Functioning and Hope in Children with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Nursing Considerations for Infusion Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis Versus Malignancy
Development of a Model to Measure Symptom Status in Persons Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Learn more by exploring the articles in More Resources. Also, don’t miss our next enewsletter about transplant issues, along with the latest articles and CEs.

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
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  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Apply a cool, wet cloth to the area three or four times a day or take a cool bath.
  • Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed.
  • Don't break blisters. If they break on their own, wash the area two to three times a day with soap and water and lightly cover it with gauze.
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  • Stay out of the sun.
  • If you have eye pain or feel confused or dizzy, call 911 or get to the nearest hospital emergency department.

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