My Child Has Juvenile Arthritis…What Now?

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Your child has been experiencing a magnitude of symptoms for months, maybe even years, and his or her doctor has confirmed that your child has juvenile arthritis (JA). What does that mean for you and your child?

The next steps after juvenile arthritis diagnosis

Receiving a diagnosis of any caliber can be overwhelming especially when the diagnosis is for your child. The medical jargon can be intimidating and most individuals are confused as to the next steps after diagnosis.

First, take a moment to breathe. I know you may be scared, but take a small comfort knowing that the hardest part is behind you – finding out what is causing your child to be ill.

Next, find out more information. What is Juvenile Arthritis?

Here are some great resources to get started in tackling JA:

Also, grab this invaluable resource to start reading (page contains other literature pertaining to juvenile arthritis – this is NOT an affiliate link):

Raising a Child With Arthritis From Infancy to Childhood

Please let us know if you have any other questions by commenting here, on our Contact Us page or emailing us at juvenilearthritisawareness{at}

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2 thoughts on “My Child Has Juvenile Arthritis…What Now?

  • November 18, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Sending prayers to you both. My daughter was diagnosed with Hasimoto’s disease when she was 7. All I can say to anyone is in the situation trust you gut; no one knows your child better than you. Good Luck to you both!

    • November 18, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Very good point! Speaking up for your child and expressing all of your child’s concerns is very important during treatment. Thank you!


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