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Symptoms your child may experience with juvenile arthritis

Posted on 7/26/2018

Several types of arthritis can affect children. These include juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, polyarticular arthritis and oligoarthritis, just to name a few. The specific symptoms a child may experience can vary, depending on which type of arthritis he or she has. It’s possible for a disease to cause symptoms that seem to be unrelated to the disease itself, so be sure to tell the pediatric specialist about all symptoms you’ve noticed. Here at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our doctors and nurses emphasize the importance of involving the whole family in the child’s care.

Symptoms of juvenile idiopathic arthritis
This is the most common type of juvenile arthritis. It’s defined as swelling that lasts at least six weeks, affecting one or more joints. The word “idiopathic” simply means that the cause is unknown.

The typical symptoms of juvenile idiopathic arthritis are:

  • Warm, swollen and tender joints
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Painful, stiff joints
  • Inability to completely straighten or bend a joint

Symptoms of oligoarthritis
Children with oligoarthritis have fewer than five joints affected. Most often, kids will experience pain and swelling of the knee, wrist or ankle.

It’s also possible for oligoarthritis to cause uveitis, which is a type of eye inflammation. Uveitis may cause these symptoms:

  • Eye pain
  • Eye redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision
  • Decreased vision
  • Floaters

Children should receive emergency care if they suffer from eye pain or decreased vision. If left untreated, it’s possible for uveitis to lead to permanent vision complications.

Symptoms of polyarticular arthritis
Like oligoarthritis, polyarticular arthritis is a subtype of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Children with this type have five or more joints affected. Joints on both sides of the body may be affected, and both large and small joints can become painful.

The joints of the jaw, neck, knees, hips, ankles, hands or feet may become painful, swollen and stiff. Children with polyarticular arthritis may also experience excessive fatigue, low fever and poor appetite.

The pediatric specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital are committed to healthcare excellence. Our hospital in Las Vegas is known for our family-centered approach, compassionate providers and exceptional family support services. You can request a referral to a pediatric specialist by calling our children’s hospital at (702) 233-5437.

Prioritizing safety in kids' sports

Posted on 7/23/2018

Youth sports can bring communities together. They teach kids about teamwork, good sportsmanship and resiliency, and they promote physical health. But there’s always a potential for injuries to occur, including serious injuries like concussions. Parents are encouraged to consult a pediatrician at Sunrise Children’s Hospital about the specific safety concerns associated with their children’s chosen sports. And although we sincerely hope you’ll never need it, our children’s emergency care is available 24/7 in Las Vegas.

Balancing activity with rest
Physical activity helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases later in life, in part by promoting healthy weight management. But it’s true that there can be too much of a good thing. Kids also need to rest and allow their bodies to recover after a training session or game.

You can consult the pediatrician if you’re concerned that your child might not be getting enough rest between high-intensity games. Your child’s doctor can help you strike the right balance between rest and activity.

Using appropriate protective gear
Most sports call for protective gear. Your pediatrician can provide guidance specific to your child’s chosen sport. Some common examples of protective gear in sports are:

  • Helmets
  • Safety pads and guards
  • Mouth guards
  • Athletic shoes
  • Sports goggles
  • Face masks

Some kids may need extra equipment if they’ve previously had a sports injury. When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear a doctor at Sunrise Children’s Hospital explain when it’s a good idea for kids to wear a brace during sports activity.

Identifying injuries promptly
Children should never try to keep playing or training after suffering an injury, even if their NFL heroes do it. Parents, coaches and student athletes can take a collaborative and cooperative approach toward quickly identifying and treating pediatric sports injuries.

Talk to your child about the importance of notifying the coach when an injury has occurred. Explain that injuries can get worse if they aren’t treated promptly, and especially if the child continues to play.

If your child requires emergency care , please call 911 now. Otherwise, you can direct general healthcare questions to a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437. Sunrise Children’s Hospital brings together leading pediatric specialists, all of whom genuinely care about each young patient’s health and quality of life.

Which mental illnesses tend to show signs during childhood?

Posted on 6/28/2018

Mental illnesses are typically chronic conditions that require a lifetime of management. Pediatricians are learning more about how these illnesses present themselves during childhood, making earlier diagnoses more possible than ever before. By diagnosing mental illnesses early, it is possible to delay the onset of some symptoms and prevent complications, while making the disease easier to manage for life. These are some of the mental illnesses that may show symptoms during childhood.

Depression and bipolar disorder
Depression and bipolar disorder can occur in young children and teens, often causing many of the same symptoms that they do in adults. Children who are suffering from depression may experience:

  • Sleeping more or less than normal
  • Changes in weight or appetite
  • Withdrawal from normal activities
  • Falling grades in school

Children who have bipolar disorder may experience both episodes of depressive symptoms and manic episodes, during which kids may be extremely active and may seem suddenly and disproportionately happy or excited. These symptoms can cycle back and forth over an extended period, or they may change very quickly.

Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia was once thought to only appear in late adolescence and early adulthood, but pediatricians now know that it can appear earlier. With this condition, kids may complain of hearing or seeing things or having confused thoughts. Parents may notice behaviors that seem unusual or that kids seem sensitive to light and sound and feel persecuted.

Sometimes, kids experience symptoms of schizophrenia before they actually develop the condition, including hallucinations, anxiety, and slow language and motor development. Starting treatment at this stage can reduce the risk of more intense episodes of psychosis later in life.

Anxiety disorders
Like depression, kids with anxiety disorders have many of the same symptoms as adults. These symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Panic attacks
  • Sleeplessness

Sometimes, anxiety disorder symptoms can be confused for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Your pediatrician will consider a wide range of symptoms to make an accurate diagnosis.

Kids with mental illnesses can thrive with pediatric care to manage their conditions. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our pediatricians can help kids get the right diagnosis when they have a mental illness and find the right combination of therapies and medications to help. Contact us today at (702) 233-5437 to make an appointment with a pediatrics specialist in Las Vegas.


How is surgery different for children and adults?

Posted on 6/18/2018

When it comes to surgery, one size does not fit all. Children and adults have different needs before, during, and after surgery, even if they are being treated for the same conditions. Pediatric surgeons have special training that allows them to work specifically on young patients to ensure the best possible outcomes. Here is a closer look at how surgery in children’s hospitals differs from adult surgical procedures.

Prepping patients and families
For kids, surgery is a family affair. Before a pediatric surgery, the doctors and surgeons involved in the case will spending time explaining what to expect to the patient in an age-appropriate way and helping parents and siblings understand the procedure.

It’s important for parents to have a complete understanding of their children’s surgery, so they feel as comfortable as possible about the treatment plan and are equipped for the recovery period. It is equally important for the pediatric patient to have age-appropriate knowledge of the procedure so that he or she is relaxed rather than fearful.

Using kid-friendly surgical equipment
Kids have different needs in terms of anesthesia and surgical equipment. Pediatric anesthesiologists are trained to provide safe and effective anesthesia to young patients, adjusting medications as necessary for a child’s weight and to account for children’s small airways.

Pediatric surgeons are able to perform minimally invasive procedures on children thanks to equipment that has been manufactured to be kid-sized. As the video states, pediatric surgical equipment is small and precise, so that kids can reap the benefits of faster recovery times that are associated with minimally invasive procedures. Open surgeries, when necessary, are also performed with kid-friendly equipment.

Managing post-operative pain
Kids often struggle to accurately describe pain levels after surgery, which can make pain management more complex. Child Life specialists are healthcare associates in children’s hospitals who help kids learn to describe their pain levels and assist in ensuring young patients’ post-operative pain is being adequately and safely controlled.

At Sunrise Children’s Hospital , our team of pediatrics specialists in Las Vegas is highly skilled in childhood surgeries and dedicated to keeping patients and their families at ease during a scary time. To request a referral to a provider at our children’s hospital, please call (702) 233-5437.

How juvenile arthritis may affect your child's growth

Posted on 6/11/2018

Arthritis isn’t just an adult’s disease. Kids can and do get arthritis, and it can affect their health in many ways. If your pediatrics specialist has diagnosed your child with arthritis, it’s important to follow his or her treatment plan closely, including having regular visits with the doctor so that your child’s condition can be monitored. Here is what you need to know about juvenile arthritis and how it may affect your child’s growth.

Juvenile arthritis 101
Juvenile arthritis is not a disease but is instead an umbrella term that refers to multiple forms of arthritis that can affect kids. Some of the forms of arthritis that fall into the category of juvenile arthritis are:

  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Juvenile lupus
  • Juvenile scleroderma
  • Juvenile dermatomyositis

All forms of juvenile arthritis can cause different symptoms, and some forms of the disease cause little joint pain at all but instead affect the eyes, muscles, skin, or gastrointestinal tract.

Juvenile arthritis and growth
Whether juvenile arthritis affects growth depends on many different factors, including:

  • Type of disease
  • Severity of disease
  • Effectiveness of treatments

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, which itself contains multiple subsets of the arthritis, is the most common form of the disease to interfere with growth. In addition to joint pain and swelling, this form of arthritis can affect the way that bones grow. Kids with this form of arthritis who experience changes to their bone growth may have bones that grow too slowly. When the lower extremities are affected, height can be impacted.

Growth can also be affected by treatments for juvenile arthritis. Often, kids with arthritis take corticosteroids to control their symptoms. Long-term use of steroids is associated with delayed growth that may be permanent.

Working closely with your child’s doctor at Sunrise Children’s Hospital is essential after a diagnosis of juvenile arthritis. With the right treatments, symptoms can be controlled and the risk of complications can be reduced. Call our children’s hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 233-5437 for more information or a referral to a pediatrics specialist.


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