Coping With Your Child’s
Illness Or Injury

Coping With Your Child’s Illness Or Injury

Your child has just been diagnosed with a life changing illness or injury. You may feel scared, shocked, or question how this will affect your family and how you will deal.

Your child has just been diagnosed with a life changing illness or injury. You may feel scared, shocked, or question how this will affect your family and how you will deal.

Your child has just been diagnosed with a life changing illness or injury. You may feel scared, shocked, or question how this will affect your family and how you will deal.

We never think it will happen to our child.

It’s normal, and common, to feel overwhelmed, stressed, and worried during treatment, or during a hospital stay.  As you and your family are beginning to process the new diagnosis you will start to think of ways to cope with all that is coming your way. There may be new medicines to keep track of, treatment schedules and, of course, the many people that you will meet along your child’s healthcare journey.  Trying to keep everything straight may seem overwhelming. What should you expect? How can you help your child?

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What to Expect

In the hours, days and even months after your child’s diagnosis or injury, you will likely find you do not feel “like yourself”.  Why is this happening? What can you do?

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Age Matters

Depending on your child’s age, including developmental age, you may notice different types of reactions to their illness or injury. Younger children tend to SHOW you that they are upset, rather than tell you.

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Resilience

Throughout the healthcare journey you may hear a lot of people refer to your child as resilient. You may wonder what that means or how you can make that stronger in your child(ren), spouse or even yourself.

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Help for Parents

No one expects life-changing illness or injuries to happen. And when it’s your child, it’s normal to feel upset, worried, or alone. Take time to deal with your own feelings. It will be harder to help your child if you are worried or upset. Learn more about coping strategies and general tips for helping you and your family.

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Caregiver Worksheet

Throughout your child’s healthcare journey your family will meet a lot of people. You may find it helpful to make a list of all of the healthcare professionals who are involved in your child’s care.

Download this worksheet to help keep track of it all your child’s healthcare team.

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