Counseling: Why It’s Helpful For Parents of Kids With CHD
Taking care of yourself if you have a chronically ill child can seem like a difficult task for many parents. Luckily, you don't need to do this tricky balancing act alone: social workers, counselors, and therapists can often be a great source of support.
This article explores some of the issues you may turn to a counselor for, how counseling can help, and a few ways to find one.
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How Can You Protect Your Child’s Mental Health When They Have CHD?
As a parent of a child with CHD, you spend a lot of time worrying about their physical health. But how often do you take the same approach towards mental health?
Kids with CHD of any severity have higher chances of developing anxiety, depression, and ADD/ADHD than kids without CHD. While screening for these illnesses should be considered in all patients with CHD, you as a parent can protect your child's mental health in several ways....
Challenges Faced By Parents Of Children With Congenital Heart Disease
Even before a child is born, the experience of giving birth is often linked to a variety of unique and complex feelings—ranging from anxiety, guilt, sadness, shame, and uncertainty. Many parents of children with CHD feel ashamed of experiencing these feelings, but it's essential to remember these feelings are common and expected.
Understanding Unique Parenting Challenges
Parents of children with CHD face unique challenges. Let's take a look at some of them.
Learning "normal" and...
How To Prepare Your Child For Surgery
The uncertainty of an impending surgical procedure can be scary for anyone, but especially for parents of kids with CHD.
As a parent, it's essential to prepare your child for any upcoming procedures and surgeries in an age-appropriate and transparent way while validating any emotions they may be experiencing, such as nervousness or uncertainty.
Supporting your child in knowing what they can expect can also help them:
7 Ways To Manage Stress When Your Child Has CHD
Parenting is never easy, but it’s even tougher when your child has congenital heart disease (CHD). You may feel that you’ve been thrown into a world of unknowns, where you’re asked to learn “normal” parenting skills, alongside learning medical terminology, how to use medical equipment, and how to prepare in an emergency.
As a parent, you want what’s best for your child. To help you get...