ERIC Number: ED182933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Home Care Guide on Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (For Parents).
Giesecke, Linda L.; And Others
The booklet, written by the medical staff of a children's hospital, provides information for parents of children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). Arthritis is a swelling of the joint(s) in children and lasts for over 6 weeks (sometimes many years). Aspirin is the main medicine given for JRA, and it works not only to control pain but also, when given regularly, to control swelling. Activity is a key to overcoming stiffness (suggestions of play activities are listed by age group). Other activities which are a part of daily living, such as squeezing a washcloth, can become useful exercises. A special physical therapy program often makes getting the needed exercise less of a struggle between parents and children. Splints are sometimes recommended to aid weak or painful limbs. Extra care of eyes is needed as problems with children's eyes sometimes accompany JRA. A normal healthy diet is important and children suffering from JRA and their parents often face extra strain and problems in their social life. After JRA goes into remission it is important to follow up with examinations once a year for 4 to 5 years. (PHR)
Descriptors: Drug Therapy, Eyes, Family Environment, Guides, Medical Services, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Physical Activities, Physical Therapy, Social Problems, Special Health Problems
Children's Seashore House and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Rheumatology Clinic, 34th and Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA.; Children's Seashore House, Atlantic City, NJ.