Arthritis

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Definition

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, which results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement. There are over 100 different types of arthritis.[1]

Arthritis may be secondary to an infection in the joint (septic arthritis), juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), or lyme disease. You should see your doctor immediately if your child has joint pain with swelling, especially if it is accompanied by fever.[2]

A new study suggests a baby girl's birth weight could impact her risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis as an adult

Researchers examined the birth weight and medical histories of over 87,000 women between the ages of 30 and 55. They found those who weighed ten pounds or more at birth were twice as likely to be diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis than women born between seven and eight and a half pounds.

Researchers aren't sure why but speculate the abnormal hormone regulation that affects rheumatoid arthritis patients could be started in the womb.[3]

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[1] About.com
[2] Keepkidshealthy.com
[3] weau.com