Juvenile Arthritis Patient Education & Resources

Hundreds of thousands of 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.

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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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