March 4, 2009
Health Tip: Coping With Juvenile Arthritis
How to help your child adjust
(HealthDay News) -- 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.