Being a parent can be stressful: you have so much to juggle and balance, so many people’s wellness to look after, meals to prepare and little lives to nurture. You’d certainly be forgiven for feeling the pressure of parenthood from time to time.
Yet, when the worst happens — when your little one becomes sick or sustains an injury — it’s like everything becomes ten times harder. If you become worried, this can change the atmosphere in the home, and suddenly what did feel under control no longer feels manageable. If you’re currently in the midst of an illness or injury in the family, here’s what you can do to take the pressure off yourself and everyone else…
Use your support system
When times get hard, it’s important to be able to lean on your family and friends to help look after your household and yourself! Don’t try to take on all the pressure and responsibility of looking after your injured child alone. Tell your partner what they can do to help. Ask extended family and those you’re closest to in your friendship circle if they can help run errands for you, to keep your day to day as stress-free as possible.
Get the professionals in
Of course, you’ll want to rely on professional help when it comes to your child’s recovery. Once you’ve sought out the best possible healthcare for your little one, don’t feel restricted to how many times you can contact the doctor, hospital or other health carer. If it will ease your mind to ask more questions, then ask away!
Do your own research
You can keep your worries and anxieties at bay by also doing your own research into whatever it is your child is suffering from. If they’ve broken a bone, try to learn the basic biology to understand how long it will take to heal and what, if any, exercises they can be doing to speed up their rehabilitation. Doing your homework will make you feel more confident in discussions with the doctors too; leaving you feeling less overwhelmed.
It may be that you feel your child was injured through no fault of their or your own; perhaps they tripped up at a local play park or became ill following a hospital stay. If that’s the case, you may want to explore whether you’ve got a case for negligence. The Medical Negligence Experts are just one of the companies you can approach with these queries.
Most importantly, during your child’s recovery, you need to stay positive. Positivity breeds positivity, and so you should encourage your child, and the rest of your household, to keep smiling through this rough time. When you feel stressed, speak with your partner or a friend, so the two of you can work through it all as a team.
When it comes to keeping your poorly child smiling, try not to treat them as a victim — continue playing as much as you can, put on the television and chill out as a family. Try not to treat them all that different whilst they recover, and you should see them continue to heal nicely.