How do you recognise the signs?

Anne - posted on 04/24/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )





My baby is 13 months old and seems to have wrist pain all the time. She keeps crying out and holding her wrists. I don't want to jump to conclusions but RA is on my mind because it is in my family. My Aunt was crippled with it very young and I also have it but much milder.


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Cristinacintron - posted on 09/01/2016




My daughter could not walk anymore at age 1.5 thats when I knew, and all the testing started.

Heather - posted on 07/13/2011




My 10 yo was just diagnosed with arthritis and I too am considering putting him on gluten free - he's been on this before for ADHD but it not do anything for that. My daughter is on GF because of asthma. She was also have joing pain. Once she went GF, all joint pain, stomach aches, heartburn went away. Her asthma has improved immensely as well - she has not been to the emergency room once since going GF. Time to put my son back on it.

Kelly - posted on 08/18/2010




Hi Anne. Signs to look for are swelling, loss in range of motion, warm to the touch. The fact that RA runs in your family, she is holding her wrist and crying are good enough signs to have her at least checked for the Rheumatoid Factor. My daughter was diagnosed at 15 months, but her fingers were swollen to the point that she could not close her hands, and she could not walk due to the pain.

Gabriela - posted on 06/21/2010




my sosn knees were very swollen, and hard. i told the doc, she had him treated for lyme, then we had to go to the ER bc all of the sudden he got worse. after months of back and forth and medical administrative incompetance - we got sent to a rheumatologist...who then could only see us in the emergency room, by the time i had my other son in a safe caring place, and i got there with my barely two year old son, he was gone, and they sent an immuniologist - who then said go home, you need the rheumatologist! he basically did a bunch of blood work and confirmed that my lil guy has JRA.
fast forward a year later - i tried to get in as an emergency again bc it was spreading to several joints - took three months! in the meantime a trusted friend suggested that we chnage to a gluten free diet... i decided to learn about gluten sensitivity etc, and had him tested for GS...after a few days of changing our diet he was running, and hoping and laughing. things he didnt do before. three weeks later the nodules on his hands had gone down. If you're nursing you should consider not eating anything that has gluten in it (wheat, rye, barley, oats, white vinegar, dextrose, corn syrup....the list is long but well worth it.)
The rheumatologist wants him to go on pretty scary immunosuppresants.... not something i want to do so i'm looking into other possibilities.
If you hear of anything along the way - please share with me.
BTW if RA runs in your family definetely get tested for you and your baby. the meds for RA are pretty intense - you probably know this better than i do.
best of luck.

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