Coping and support

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Family members can play critical roles in helping a child cope with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. As a parent, you may want to try the following:

  • Treat your child, as much as possible, like other children in your family.
  • Allow your child to express anger about having juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Explain that the disease isn't caused by anything he or she did.
  • Encourage your child to participate in physical activities, keeping in mind the recommendations of your child's doctor and physical therapist.
  • Discuss your child's condition and the issues surrounding it with teachers and administrators at his or her school.
Oct. 20, 2011