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Learning that your child has arthritis may come as a shock, although some parents will feel relieved to finally have a diagnosis for sometimes troubling and painful symptoms.
It can take some time to accept the diagnosis – especially since arthritis is often wrongly perceived as something that only affects older people.
You will probably want to know how arthritis will affect your child, both physically and emotionally. Most parents will want to find out as much information as they can to enable them to care for their child as well as possible.
It is not unusual to feel angry, helpless or frustrated. There is plenty of support available to help you.
Contact The Source, Arthritis Care’s helpline for young people and their families. This is a free and confidential service that provides practical and emotional support.
Phone: 0808 800 2000 (10am-4pm weekdays)
Learn about arthritis through Arthritis Care’s publications. These include factsheets and information booklets including the following:
Health professionals can help you to manage your child’s arthritis. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek help if you need it. Your child’s symptoms may vary over time so it might help to make a note of these fluctuations and to discuss suitable treatments and how you can help your child manage their arthritis at home.
Your child might benefit from attending a personal development workshop, where they can meet other young people with arthritis.
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