Humira, when used in combination with the right dose of Methotrexate, is what FINALLY made my Bean's eyes quiet and flare free. It was something that we thought we would never achieve. However, this all comes at a price. We have to worry daily about her exposure to all the germs that we can't see. Part of life with a child that has a medically supressed immune system. That cold that made your child miss a day or two of school? My child will likely miss the entire week, two weeks, last year she missed nearly the entire month of January. Also, please pay close attention to the link about cancer in the 3rd paragraph.
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a term for a group of childhood disorders characterized by joint inflammation (arthritis) beginning before 16 years of age. JIA includes childhood arthritis known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA).
As a parent of a child with JIA, rest assured you're not alone. JIA is the most common form of arthritis in children. JIA, though, can affect each child differently. The disease can range from a mild short-term condition causing stiffness and minor inflammation to a severe disease that causes serious permanent joint and tissue damage.
HUMIRA is used to reduce the signs and symptoms of moderate to severe polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in children 4 years of age and older. HUMIRA can be used alone or with methotrexate or with certain other medicines. HUMIRA is available by prescription only. There have been cases of unusual cancers in children and teenagers using TNF-blocker medicines.