Your doctor will ask
questions about your child's symptoms and past health and will do a physical
exam. Your child may also have blood tests and a urine test to look for signs
of the disease. If your child has the disease, these tests can help your doctor
find out which type it is.
Your child's treatment will be
based on the type of JIA he or she has, and how serious it is.
Occupational therapy helps your child live as independently as possible.
Surgery to correct joint problems is only done in rare
Even when JIA isn't severe, your child may still need long-term
treatment. To make sure that treatment is right for your child, work closely
with the medical team. Learn as much as you can about your child's disease and
treatments. Stay on a schedule with your child's medicines and exercise.
Take good physical care of yourself so that you can help your child through the more difficult periods of illness. Consider finding a support group of families who live with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Your local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation can provide classes and support group information.