Juvenile arthritis, also known as pediatric rheumatic disease, isn’t a specific disease. It’s an umbrella term to describe the inflammatory and rheumatic diseases that develop in children under the age of 16. These conditions affect nearly 300,000 kids and teens in the United States.
The word “arthritis” means joint inflammation in Latin, but juvenile arthritis can include eyes, skin, and gastrointestinal tract as affected areas. July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, a month dedicated to increase awareness over early signs and symptoms of juvenile arthritis and to ease the focus of resources for this battle.