There are about 300,000 children in the United States that have been diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis (JA). Juvenile Arthritis is a term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger. Unfortunately, these children can experience similar symptoms as adults with arthritis, such as swollen or stiff joints, bone erosion, joint pain and eye problems.
FIVE things to know about Juvenile Arthritis:
1. How is a child tested for Juvenile Arthritis?
- There are a couple of tests that physicians can use to determine the type of JA. Some of the tests that physicians have used were complete blood count tests specifically looking at the RA Factor, C-Reactive Protein testing, etc.
2. What causes a child to have Juvenile Arthritis?
- Physicians aren’t really sure what causes JA, but some research indicates that it may be hereditary, but the data is inconclusive at this time.
3. Is there a cure for Juvenile Arthritis?
- Unfortunately there is no cure at this time for Juvenile Arthritis.
4. What is the treatment plan for someone with Juvenile Arthritis?
- Since there is no cure, the treatment that most physicians use is the administration of non-steriodial anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve the pain and inflammation. Also in parallel with the medication, doctors suggests that patients exercise more and eat healthier!
5. Are there certain foods that children with Juvenile Arthritis should avoid?
- Yes, similar to adults, children should minimize or avoid foods that are more suseptible of causing inflammation such as nightshade plants, coffee, turkey, etc. To see a list of foods that are high in inflammation, click here.
Juvenile Arthritis not only impacts children, but also the entire family. The treatment plan varies for each child and depends on the type of arthritis. Living with arthritis is not a walk in the park for adults and children, so family support is definitely needed! To help a child understand Juvenile Arthritis, please have them visit this website to help children understand the disease.
“What is Juvenile Arthritis?” Arthritis Foundation. Copyright 2012. http://www.arthritis.org/what-is-juvenile-arthritis.php.
“Who Gets Juvenile Arthritis?” Arthritis Foundation. Copyright 2012. http://www.arthritis.org/who-gets-juvenile-arthritis.php.
“What Can You Do About Juvenile Arthritis?” Arthritis Foundation. Copyright 2012. http://www.arthritis.org/can-do-about-juvenile-arthritis.php.
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