Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) is a type of arthritis that causes joint inflammation and stiffness for more than six weeks in a child aged 16 or younger. JIA is relatively common. The diagnosis is often missed and there are delays in getting children the right care . Arthritis in children is different to adults and needs careful consideration. Children are growing and have special educational, medical and development needs. Access to the right care gives children with JIA the chance to grow up just like anyone else.
Intro to JIA
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity means immunity against self: The
immune system attacks the body as if it were a virus or other harmful organism. JIA patients generally do
well when they’re diagnosed quickly and treated appropriately.