JIA often means making lifestyle
changes and adjustments. This can be frustrating and demanding for you, your
child, and your family. Here are a few steps to help yourself:
Learn about the disease. Knowing more about it will help you and your child have less
fear, make better decisions, and have better results.
Work as a team with
your child's doctors and other health professionals. The outlook is better when you and your child actively manage your child's health.
Take good physical care of yourself so that you can help your child
through the more difficult periods of illness. Consider becoming involved with
a support group of families who live with JIA. Your
local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation can provide classes and support-group
Remember that many children with JIA don't have long-term
disease and disability. They go on to lead healthy adult lives.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 30, 2014
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