Juvenile Arthritis Facts

  • 300,000 children in the US and TWO MILLION Children the world have juvenile arthritis.
  • One in 250 children in the US have juvenile arthritis.
  • More children have juvenile arthritis than have juvenile diabetes, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell anemia, and cystic fibrosis.
  • Juvenile arthritis is the number one cause of acquired disability in children and the sixth most common childhood disease.
  • According to the CDC, 50 children in the US die as a direct result of juvenile arthritis each year. This number does not include the children who die from measles or other diseases due to their weakened immune systems caused by their medicines.
  • Juvenile arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects the joints, soft and connective tissues, and organs.
  • There is no cure for juvenile arthritis.
  • Kids with juvenile arthritis are more likely to develop cancer, have a shorter life expectancy, age faster, and have an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, anemia, lung problems, infections, and depression.
  • Juvenile arthritis is NOT a mini version of adult arthritis.
  • Juvenile arthritis affects the whole family.
  • The rate of depression in kids with juvenile arthritis is as high as 30%.
  • Juvenile arthritis is NOT contagious.
  • Juvenile arthritis symptoms and pain level change from day to day, and often from minute to minute, during the day.
  • Juvenile arthritis is not the same as osteoarthritis or even the kid version of rheumatoid arthritis. It's more complex than that.
  • Kids cannot outgrow juvenile arthritis