Should my child’s pediatric rheumatologist manage all of my child’s medical care?
No. Your child’s rheumatologist works as a partner with your general pediatrician. Kids with juvenile arthritis will continue to have all of the same common medical needs that any other child has, and these are best provided for by their pediatrician. However, it’s important to keep your pediatric rheumatologist informed if your child does have an illness because the rheumatologist may have recommendations, such as possibly skipping a dose of medication. Your pediatric rheumatologist will also want to know if your child has been prescribed other medications such as antibiotics. Your child's medical care should be a team approach, with each doctor managing what they are most experienced with. Each doctor should also be keeping the other informed so that a common plan of care can be optimized for your child.