Helping children cope with long term illness in the family

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Sometimes it can be difficult finding ways to help children cope with long term illness in your family.  Many times they don’t express the confusion or fear in ways we expect.  We may assume they are coping fine with the situation, however studies show children do not handle stress the way adults anticipate.  If you are wondering if your children are handling the confusion or changes well, consider the advice from About Kids Health.  They have a wealth of information that answers questions on how to help your children open up and share their feelings.  Here are several points to remember when helping your children cope with long term illness.

  • Talk with your children about their feelings.  Allow them to ask questions and answer them honestly.
  • Prepare your children for hospital and doctor visits.
  • Keep a routine that allows them to feel involved in sibling care.
  • Find time to spend with your children outside of doctor or hospital visits.
Do you have suggestions on how families can help their children deal with long term illness?  Leave a comment below and share your advice.
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