(HealthDay News) -- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is thought to be an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system attacks healthy parts of the body, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
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The painful condition affects children and teens aged 15 and younger.
The academy offers these coping suggestions for children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis:
- Soothe painful joints with a warm shower, a hot pack or sleeping in a warm bed.
- Exercises, including stretches and activities that help improve range-of-motion, can help ease stiffness.
- Take any medication at the same time each day. To help your child remember, associate it with another activity, such as eating a meal.
- Get regular exercise. Associate this with a favorite activity, such as watching TV.
-- Diana Kohnle
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