Helping a Child Cope with Treatment

When it comes to children’s health, there’s simply nothing that matters more to us. After all, our children are our best friends and our future, so we’d do anything to see them safe and sound. Therefore, it can be hard for parents to stomach their child’s illnesses and injuries at times, and that’s only natural. After all, if something were to go wrong, it would devastate us, and there’s so much uncertainty inherent in medical issue to begin with. If you’re thinking we should just be brave, you’re absolutely right, but you can only be brave if you’re scared, yourself, and you will be when dealing with your children’s health issues. However, many of us were lucky enough to have a smooth and simple, relatively speaking, childhood and are not necessarily in tune with what our children are feeling. However, I had a rough childhood in the medical department, and it continues to inform my experiences as an adult, so I can safely say that I have some insight in this department. Here are some tips to help you and your child cope with medical issues.

First and foremost, being hospitalized is never fun and always scary, no matter your age. However, as a child, staying overnight in a hospital worrying about your health and safety can be truly traumatizing, and I know, having recently had several panic attacks when being hospitalized, and even simply have a sleep study done, and I’m almost 30. So, it’s prudent to prepare your child for this any way you can. Naturally, they won’t be left alone in the hospital and have nothing to fear in that area, but they’re still away from home against their will and scared. For the former, there’s a simple trick that can help out. Simply find an excuse, perhaps for a vacation, to have them stay in a hotel, such as Hilton. This can help them get used to be being away from home, although it doesn’t help much with the medical context. It’s a start, though. Another thing to take into account when addressing a child’s fears is what to say to them. You’ll want to be honest with them, of course, because if it was you, you’d want to know what was going on, but you also have to remember to put on your brave face, because your child need to see that you believe everything will be okay.