Children and arthritis
Arthritis is commonly thought of as a condition that only affects older people. However, there are many different types of arthritis, some of which affect babies, children, teenagers and young adults. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the name given to a number of types of arthritis that occur in children.
In Australia about 6000 children are affected by arthritis (JIA) making it as common as Type 1 diabetes in children under 16 years of age. Another 4,000 children are affected by other rheumatic conditions (conditions which affect the joints, bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscles).
Living with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions can be challenging not only for the child or young person affected, but also for their families and friends. Support is vital, as is understanding.
Finding out your child has arthritis
Finding out that your child has arthritis can be a confusing and anxious time. Here are answers to some of the most common questions.
Living with JIA
Living with arthritis can be challenging not only for the child or young person with JIA, but for their families and friends. Read our guide to keeping life as normal as possible.
Management of your child’s JIA will require a multi-faceted approach. It will need to target the underlying disease process, any presenting symptoms and focus on your child’s growth and development.
Teacher’s guide to JIA
Teachers and schools can play a major role in helping children and adolescents with arthritis to manage their condition and get the most out of their lives. See our teacher’s guide for practical tips on how to support children with JIA throughout their school years.
Practical tips for JIA
Here are some practical tips for managing at home, school, play and away.
Chronic pain is any pain that lasts longer than three months. In many cases this means that the pain continues even after the injury or illness that first caused it has healed.
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