Musculoskeletal disease is recognized as an emerging burden of disease in childhood, affecting approximately 4 in every thousand children at the most conservative estimates. This is similar to the numbers of children and young people with type 1 diabetes and epilepsy.
Paediatric rheumatic diseases are a preventable cause of long-term pain and disability. These children were previously undiagnosed and suffered from undefined and sometimes severe diseases, but with a greater awareness and better treatment options, better medical care is possible.
Symptoms to look out for include:
• Chronic fever, generally occurring once a day
• Morning stiffness, with slow improvement over the course of the day
• Limited movement of a joint/joints
• Chronic tenderness/pain in a joint/joints
• Swelling of joints, single or multiple joints involved
• Chronic tiredness/fatigue
• Chronic rashes
• Chronic inflammation of the eye
If your child shows any of the above symptoms, it would be best to have them seen by a paediatrician. Our practice works closely with the local experts.