About 10 percent to 20 percent of children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis have a rare and serious subtype called systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA).
The first signs of SJIA are usually a daily, spiking fever and a fleeting, salmon-colored rash that may appear weeks or months before joint pain.
Pediatric rheumatologists are uniquely skilled to diagnose SJIA. They assess symptoms and medical history and use a physical exam and lab tests to make a diagnosis.
The goal of SJIA treatment is to achieve remission and control of disease.
Living with a chronic illness like SJIA can be challenging for children, but you can help your child cope by fostering independence and resilience and providing support and understanding.
Communicating with other parents of kids living with SJIA can be very helpful. Read the stories of four experienced SJIA parents who understand the challenges. You can ask them questions by email.