Questions About Looking To The Future

Questions About Looking To The Future

What is the outlook for children/young people with JIA?

Modern medicine has made great progress in finding treatment options for JIA – this means that the vast majority of children with JIA can live a full and active life with JIA. Many children do incredibly well as you can see from our stories on our Kids With Arthritis in NZ, the children and teenagers go on to achieve amazing feats in sport, academia and all walks of life. While it might take some time to get it managed at the start and there may be a few ups and downs along the way, there is every reason to be positive once treatment is established and the condition is brought under control.

Will my child grow out of it?

About 40% of children are likely to grow out of their JIA, and nearly 90% of children with JIA achieve inactive disease, but the key is whether they can come off their medications and stay in remission. However not all children will be affected all the time even if they do not grow out of it. Typically, JIA involves times when the arthritis is active and then longer stretches of time when the JIA is fully controlled either with or without medication.