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The Five P’s of Raising Medically Fragile Children

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

For parents raising medically fragile children, it may seem as though every day brings new and different challenges. These wonderful children require special care, and understanding what you can do as a parent to do the best possible job of raising and caring for them can make a major difference in their lives.

Ask a hundred parents about how they care for children struggling with difficult medical situations, and you’ll get a hundred different answers. As varied as opinions might be, there are a few tried-and-true guidelines you can follow.

Below, you’ll find our “Five P’s of Raising Medically Fragile Children”:

Patience
It’s an indispensable skill when raising kids, but practicing effective patience is especially important when you have a child with a medical issue. Each day will likely present a different hurdle for you and your child to overcome, and practicing patience can help you both conquer those challenges.

Positivity
When faced with the daunting challenge of coping with medical issues, staying positive and upbeat about your family’s situation can make a huge difference. It’s important to be realistic about your child’s situation, but remaining optimistic can inspire them to stay strong and be thankful for the support and love you provide.

Praise
Directly connected to staying positive, giving your child regular praise when he or she achieves a milestone is especially important for kids dealing with medical issues. Instilling a sense of accomplishment in them will encourage confidence and show that you recognize their efforts.

Participation
Understanding that you and your family aren’t the only ones experiencing difficulties is especially important. There’s no better way to understand that than engaging with other families who are dealing with similar concerns. More than just giving you a support community to lean on when times are hard, others who are experiencing the same struggles may be able to offer helpful advice on ways to improve your situation.

Parenting
It might seem somewhat obvious, but the most important thing you can do is simply be a parent. Your children depend on you for support and for comfort. There will be times that only their mother or father is going to make things okay, and those are the times when you’ll be needed the most.

CommandCare’s highly trained staff have extensive experience with daily home care for families coping with difficult medical conditions. Contact us today if you need home care assistance to learn how we can help.

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Staff Writer, Matt