When kids get arthritis: here’s what causes it and how to treat it

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Arthritis in children under 16 is called juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), and it’s more common than you think. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Arthritis in children under 16 is called juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), and it’s more common than you think. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

When the diagnosis came, she was speechless – the reason she’d been to doctor after doctor with a baby howling in pain was because her daughter had arthritis.

Isn’t arthritis something only old people got, Catherine McCormack wondered. How could it be that her two-year-old was suffering from it?

She was confused, but also relieved. Monthly visits to the doctor had become routine. Her daughter, Ella, hardly slept and was unhappy in her car seat as well as her stroller. She’d develop intermittent rashes and fevers and kept crying as if in pain.

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