Juvenile Arthritis Patient Education & Resources

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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Get Connected with a Community

Connecting with others in your local community who understand what it's like to live with arthritis is life-changing. Find a connect group near you to make new friends, share tips and get support.

Advocate for Kids & Feel Good

Take simple actions that can help your family tackle the challenges of childhood arthritis.

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