Did you know that March is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month? I have mentioned here before that Kids Get Arthritis Too. I have also posted about how important it is, especially for rheumatoid arthritis, to get diagnosed early. But did you also know that the same is true for kids?
As part of its awareness campaign for Juvenile Arthritis, the Arthritis Society has shared this information about a study by the Canadian Alliance of Pediatric Rheumatology Investigators (CAPRI), which found that children will see at least three health practitioners and wait four to five months after their symptoms begin before being correctly diagnosed and receiving optimal care. One of the reasons is thought to be the overall lack of awareness that kids can get arthritis too.
Other interesting facts about JA from the Arthritis Society: JA is one of the more common disorders resulting in chronic disability in children and adolescents in Canada. Altogether, approximately 61,500 Canadian toddlers, youths and young adults live with the intense pain and disability of arthritis. That’s at least one case for every school.
For more information about symptoms and treatment, visit here. And to read stories from families of kids living with arthritis, you can visit this Facebook page, and click “Like” to spread the word.
Welcome to week two of ‘things you might not know about arthritis‘!
Did you know that arthritis isn’t just an ‘old person’s disease’. According to the Arthritis Society, arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses affecting children and affects 1 in 1,000 Canadian children under the age of 16. That’s a lot of kids.
Kids with arthritis face unique challenges compared to adults. This story describes some of those challenges, including the very real problem that some people don’t believe kids when they say they have arthritis. It also describes an awesome summer camp organized by the Arthritis Society, where kids spend time with other kids just like them who are learning to manage the disease.
In this video, Amanda describes some of the treatment that kids like her go through.
And in this video, you can learn more about how kids’ lives are affected by living with arthritis, in their own words – which are more powerful than anything I could write. It’s worth taking a few moments to watch, and to remember that arthritis affects more people than we realize – both young and old, and in between. They all need your support.
That’s it for this week. Check back next week – you might learn something new!