Parenting a Child with Pulmonary Hypertension
Having a child with pulmonary hypertension (PH) presents some unique challenges. This e-learning guide is filled with helpful information and resources to ensure that your child receives the best care possible.
Tips to Consider
- Know that your child’s PH is not your fault. Give yourself permission to feel angry, sad, afraid, confused, or whatever you need to feel, but try not to dwell on “what ifs” and “if onlys.”
- Take care of yourself. Data from limited studies suggest that better parental quality of life can directly enhance the quality of life of children with PH.
- Ask for and accept help. Parents often want to do everything for a sick child, but demands can be so profound that it’s crucial that you allow others to help from time to time.
- Reach out for support. Connecting with other families who have been living with PH for a long time can be a valuable source of information, support and strength.
- Establish routines. Get in a routine at home to cut back on stress around the house. Having set times for cleaning, cooking and family time can cut back on indecision, disorder and parental guilt.
- Get organized. Get a detailed calendar or organizer to keep track of appointments, scheduled events, and changes to “normal” school or other activities to cut back on stress.
- Try new things. New, shared activities can bring families together and give the child with PH a new focus post-diagnosis. Creative activities, such as arts and crafts or music lessons, can build self-esteem and nurture life-long family interests.
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