Juvenile Arthritis

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.

Juvenile arthritis refers to rheumatic diseases in children aged 16 and younger. These diseases are not just adult diseases in children; they have many distinctions and are treated differently than in adults. The most common is juvenile idiopathic arthritis (previously known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis), and they include juvenile psoriatic arthritis, pediatric lupus and a number of others.

JIA is most common in Caucasians, affecting 8.3 out of every 100,000.

Disease onset typically occurs in children aged 2 to 4, and affects girls more often than boys.

Systemic JIA occurs in 5% to 15% of JIA cases in North America and Europe.

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.

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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.

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Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis & Systemic JIA Treatments

Learn about the best treatments for systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, JIA oligoarthritis and JIA of the jaw.

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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.

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News & Stories

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.

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Science Initiatives
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.

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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.

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Living Well With Juvenile Arthritis

Managing Health Care
Giving Kids a Role in Their Medical Care

Find out what medical responsibilities your child with arthritis should have in each stage of life.

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Parental Attitudes and Juvenile Arthritis

Learn how your attitude can shape how your child copes with juvenile arthritis.

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JIA Beyond the Joints

Learn about common conditions that may affect your child with arthritis.

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CAM Therapies to Try for Juvenile Arthritis

Complementary therapies cannot cure JA, but some alternative treatments may provide relief.

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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.

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Recently Diagnosed?

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.

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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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Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life. Whether it is supporting cutting-edge research, 24/7 access to one-on-one support, resources and tools for daily living, and more, your gift will be life-changing.

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Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

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Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

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Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.

Trailblazer

Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000

Visionary

Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.

Pioneer

Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.

Pacesetter

Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.

Signature

Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.

Supporting

Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.