There is nothing pleasant about being told you have a chronic illness, and the situation is much worse when you find that your child is the one with the chronic illness.
Most parents would trade places in a heartbeat, but that’s not usually an option. As a parent you need to be able to find a way to deal with the issues your child is facing and to be strong for them, and that’s not always an easy process.
These 6 tips for parenting a child with a chronic illness will help.
Common Types Of Chronic Illness In Children
A chronic illness is anything that lasts longer than 12 months and is likely to have some impact on daily life. What may surprise you is that between 10-30% of children will be affected by a chronic illness.
The most common examples include cystic fibrosis, asthma, congenital heart disease, diabetes, attention deficit, and even depression.
Of course, physical disabilities can also be classed as chronic, such as cerebral palsy or hearing impairments.