It’s common for kids with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) to have arthritis in their Temporomandibular joint (TMJ), or jaw.
I have arthritis, but I never had it in my jaws, although this article is about kids with (JIA) can have arthritis in their temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or jaw, adults can have arthritis in their temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or jaw, as well. Some Kids say JIA also make their entire upper body ache.
Things you can do at home to help relieve your child’s pain according the Juvenile Arthritis News
When Your Child Has A TMJ Flare
Take your child to visit an arthritis doctor and dentist to create a plan to treat your child’s TMJ arthritis. Your child may need steroid injections and/or braces or splints.
Treating A Flare At Home
Soft Food Diets
And facial stretching are two essential things you can do at home to help a flare subside.
Your child might need an extra soft pillow to sleep comfortably if their jaw is flaring. My favorite pillows are Squishmallow stuffed animals, You can achieve the same effect with rolled towels.
Sit Up Straight
Some postures can aggravate TMJ arthritis, such as looking down to text or read.
Smaller, More Frequent Meals
Eating can be painful, Kids may benefit from five or six small meals a day rather than three large ones.
Hot And Cold Therapy
Just like with any other arthritic joint, heat and cold packs can be helpful.
Sticking To Treatments
Like with other joints, sometimes your child’s jaw will be flaring, and at other times it’s not. You never know what JA will bring each day. I recommend finding a treatment that works and sticking with it.