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Health Tip: Coping With Juvenile Arthritis

-- Arthritis isn't just a disease of the elderly. Children may be affected by a disease called juvenile arthritis.

The Arthritis Foundation offers these suggestions to help families cope with the condition:

  • Family members should openly discuss what each person is feeling, including concerns, anger and fears.
  • The child with juvenile arthritis should not be allowed to shirk responsibilities, as long as he or she is physically able to fulfill them.
  • Teach your child about the disease, including information about management and treatment, in an age-appropriate way.
  • Don't be overbearing or overprotective. Encourage independence and responsibility.
  • Spend time with each other -- as a family, and one-on-one with your child.
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Posted: March 2009