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Counseling: Why It's Helpful For Parents of Kids With CHD

Counseling: Why It's Helpful For Parents of Kids With CHD

Counseling: Why Its 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.

 

Common issues

 

Having a child with


How Can You Protect Your Child's Mental Health When They Have CHD

How Can You Protect Your Child's Mental Health When They Have CHD

How Can You Protect Your Childs 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.

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Challenges Faced By Parents Of Children With Congenital Heart Disease

Challenges Faced By Parents Of Children With Congenital Heart Disease

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

How To Prepare Your Child For Surgery

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:

 

  • Cope...


7 Ways To Manage Stress When Your Child Has CHD

7 Ways To Manage Stress When Your Child Has CHD

7 Ways To Manage Stress When Your Child Has CHD

 

Parenting is never easy, but its even tougher when your child has congenital heart disease (CHD). You may feel that youve been thrown into a world of unknowns, where youre 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 whats best for your child. To help you get...