Childhood Diseases

Posted by: lichelle | 2008/10/10


gout in kids

my daughter (7) has been complaining about a sore middle vinger joint for a while. this morning she woke up crying because the vinger was swollen and very sore. it was a pulsating pain. i gave some anti-inflammatory syrup and placed her hand in warm water. it gave some relief. my granny had arthrytism and i have an aunt that suffers from a defroming arthritsm in her hands. i am worried. wat should i do?

Expert's Reply



You have given a good description of your daughter's problem.This is most unlikely to be due to gout, but with your strong family history of arthritis this is the most likely cause. Young children can develop rheumatoid arthritis [called Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis] and it is essntial for your daughter to be examined and blood tests done by a paediatrician as soon as possible.

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