National Juvenile Arthritis Month: A Balancing Act
The month of July brings the hot sun, picnics at the park, and maybe even a beach trip or two. Summer is a prime time to be as active as possible, especially children. However, for some children, those fun-filled months can mean depression. July marks Juvenile Arthritis month, bringing awareness to a major question: when kids can’t be kids, what’s a parent to do?
Juvenile Arthritis is an umbrella term that covers many forms and such has many challenges – from managing symptoms to dealing with the emotional effects. As we recognize Juvenile Arthritis Month, it’s important to look at the facets that make this disease so hard.
The Arthritis Foundation estimates that just over 300,000 children in the United States suffer from some form of Juvenile Arthritis. Under this broad diagnosis, children can suffer from “common” arthritis, mixed connective tissue disease, fibromyalgia, or even lupus. No matter the subtype diagnosis, one thing remains the same: these children are in pain.
Even among the common forms of Juvenile Arthritis, no two treatment plans are alike. However, there is usually some combination of medication, exercise or physical therapy, medical procedures, and the development of healthy lifestyles. In addition to consistent medical treatment, it is also of utmost importance to maintain your child’s mental health. It can be hard on children to be in pain and not be able to participate in the activities that their friends enjoy so much.
A major challenge, however, lies in one of the most important parts of the disease: medication.
Take Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). There are many ways to treat it, but one of the more common forms involves a steady schedule of medications. For JIA to be managed, medications and therapy must be consistent. However, it’s easy to understand how doses could be missed or one drug to occasionally fall through the cracks. It can be hard enough to remember a daily vitamin in the hectic mornings, let alone a slew of complicated prescriptions.
The Medicine-on-Time solution allows kids to carry the individualized dosage cups with them and removes the worry for parents when managing their child’s prescriptions. Each cup is carefully filled ensuring that a child never misses a dose or pill again.
At the end of the day, the summer shouldn’t be spent worrying over missed pills. It’s about fun, family, and just letting your kids be kids.