Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)

JIA is not regarded as a hereditary disease though genetics may play a part in some forms of JIA. Having one child with JIA does not mean other children will get it.

 

  • Although it is impossible to predict the exact outcome, the prognosis (long-term effects) for children with JIA is usually very positive. Most children with JIA will no longer have active symptoms by the time they enter adulthood.

  • Everyone is different and what works for one child may not work for another. When the person with JIA and his/her family monitor the symptoms, triggers can be identified and various strategies put in place to reduce them.

  • The management of JIA is a team approach. All members of the team work to make the best decisions for someone with JIA.

  • The school needs to be a part of the team. Make sure that JIA appears on the school’s medical record.

  • Medicines are a major part of the treatment of JIA and a patient may need to take more than one type of medicine.

  • Many of the medicines used today not only reduce the symptoms but also slow the progress of the illness.

  • All medicines have benefits as well as side-effects but without medicines, permanent joint damage is more likely.

Refer to Families JIA  for more detailed information.

 

Camp Freedom

Camp Freedom is a fun-filled five day activity camp specifically designed for children aged between 7-17 years with Juvenile Arthritis, related rheumatologic and other musculoskeletal conditions.

 

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