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Rest and Position
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REST AND POSITION
Children with arthritis need a lot of rest. They tire easily, and should have a chance to rest often. Help the child to be in positions that keep the arms, wrists, hips, and legs as straight as possible.
|In these positions, contractures develop more easily.|
Although it may hurt more, it is better for the child to lie on her back or stomach, not on her side with her legs bent.
When pain is worst, alternate rest with legs straight and slightly bent.
Rest and sleep with the arms and legs as straight as possible. Use pillows only in a way that gently helps the joints straighten more. Let the legs slowly straighten under their own weight.