Nearly 300,000 kids and teens in the United States live with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) or other pediatric rheumatic diseases. These autoimmune diseases affect not only joints but also skin, eyes and internal organs. A diagnosis can be scary, but effective treatments are available.
Explaining JIA to Your Child
Read tips from experts for talking to your child about their juvenile arthritis in ways that they can understand and that will give them confidence to deal with it.Learn More
Choosing a Pediatric Rheumatologist
Learning that your child has juvenile arthritis can be scary and overwhelming. Get resources and tips to help you find the best doctor for your child with juvenile arthritis.Learn More
JIA Medications Overview
Many effective medications and other treatments are available to ease symptoms and slow the disease progress of JA. Learn about some of the medications used to treat it and what you should know about them.Learn More
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis & Systemic JIA Treatments
Learn about the best treatments for systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, JIA oligoarthritis and JIA of the jaw.Learn More
News & Stories
Conquering Childhood Arthritis
The Arthritis Foundation is mobilizing patients and their families to engage in studies comparing the effectiveness of treatments for juvenile arthritis and funding research for more options.Learn More
Managing Infection Risk for Kids With Arthritis
Having juvenile arthritis also puts your child at a greater risk of infections, like the flu or COVID-19. Learn about risk factors and how to help protect your child.Learn More
Stories of Yes! Meet the Natalies
Meet two young women, both affected in different ways by arthritis, who teamed up to form a support group for others who are also living with arthritis.Learn More
Living Well With Juvenile Arthritis
Parental Attitudes and Juvenile Arthritis
Learn how your attitude can shape how your child copes with juvenile arthritis.Learn More
Giving Kids a Role in Their Medical Care
Find out what medical responsibilities your child with arthritis should have in each stage of life.Learn More
JIA Beyond the Joints
Learn about common conditions that may affect your child with arthritis.Learn More
CAM Therapies to Try for Juvenile Arthritis
Complementary therapies cannot cure JA, but some alternative treatments may provide relief.Learn More
Help & Support
Arthritis Foundation Helpline
Our experienced Helpline team understands JA and is here to answer your questions. Call or email us for help in English or Spanish.Get the Help You Need
If your child was recently diagnosed, order your free JA Power Pack that provides tools to help you and your child more confidently navigate the journey with JA.Get Your JA Power Pack
JA Programs in Your Community
Connect with local families living with JA to learn, have fun and get help with your own journey.
Advocate for Kids & Feel Good
Take simple actions that can help your family tackle the challenges of childhood arthritis.
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