(HealthDay News) -- About 1 in 1,000 children has some type of chronic arthritis, the American College of Rheumatology says.
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Arthritis can affect children of any age, although rarely during the first six months of life.
In the United States, a common medical term for the joint disease in children is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA).
If your child has JIA, the American College of Rheumatology suggests you and the child:
- Maintain a positive outlook.
- Consider physical and occupational therapy to increase joint motion, decrease pain and increase strength and endurance.
- Be aware of available special accommodations at school.
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