SIBLINGS

Siblings

When a brother or sister is ill or injured, children might feel confused, upset, afraid, numb or worried. Siblings will need time to adjust to their brother’s/sister’s medical needs and treatment, and to changes in the family routine.

When a brother or sister is ill or injured, children might feel confused, upset, afraid, numb or worried. Siblings will need time to adjust to their brother’s/sister’s medical needs and treatment, and to changes in the family routine.

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Generally, siblings react in very positive ways and often are happy to help. However, they can still have trouble adjusting. If you have to be at the hospital with your child who is ill, they will miss you and may not understand what happened to their brother/sister. They might want to help out, but not know what to do. They might also feel angry, jealous or even guilty and are not sure if that’s okay. For example, it is common for a sibling to sometimes feel jealous of the extra time that a caregiver spends with their brother/sister who is going through treatment.

What are the signs your child isn’t coping well with their brother’s/sister’s illness? Depending on their age, your healthy child may react in similar ways to your child who is undergoing treatment.

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