Children with cerebral palsy suffers from a brain damage causing problems with movement and posture, feeding, seizures, learning, behavior and sometimes commutation. As bad as it may look parents and care givers can bring out the best in the child.
No one bargains for a medical condition like this, this is why the following tips would be helpful for anyone with a child battling with cerebral palsy. Aside praying (as what most people might resolve to and medication) parents can cope with cerebral palsy by following these simple steps.
Take time for yourself: A good way to cope with cerebral palsy in children is for such parent to take time for themselves in the sense that they should allocate enough time in being careful with dealing with their wards. Sometimes the hardest part of parenting is remembering to take care of you. It’s easy to get caught up with what your child needs, while forgetting your own needs. If you don’t look after yourself, you run the risk of burning out. It’s important to tend to your physical and emotional needs so that you’re in a healthy space for your child. You won’t be able to help your child if you’re stressed out, exhausted, and emotionally depleted. When you’re calm and focused, on the other hand, you’re better able to connect with your child and help him or her be calm and focused too.
Get a support system: Since cerebral palsy involves an undivided time and attention, parents may not be always available, this is why they need to get a support system which can from either a family member, friend or a caregiver to help out at times. Your spouse, friends, caregiver and family members can be helpful teammates if you can find a way to include them and learn to ask for help when you need it.
Do not hide your child, take them outside: One thing parents of children with cerebral palsy should not do is to hide such child. Parents should know and quit blaming themselves or the child for suffering from cerebral palsy and they should not try to hide them from other children, religious gathering and the public at large. They need to associate and watch other children play.
Look for parents whose children has similar challenges similar to yours: One of the ways to help parents cope is to look for support from other parents who is scaling through a similar challenge. As the saying goes, a parent of a child with cerebral palsy is never alone. They need to associate, and meet similar parents. Having people who understands how you truly feel can be a lot more helpful. This really would act as a moral, emotional and spiritual support for both families.
Seek professional help: For cerebral palsy, there is need to seek for a professionals help. Parents need to work hand in hand with a therapist to achieve their goals of a beautiful milestone for their children. Seeking the help of a professional helps to make the job easier. They tend to help, advice and give practical guides and steps to parents.
Teach other children to play and care for your child: The society would treat your child just the way you treat them. Children with cerebral palsy needs the love of their parents and other kids therefore, there is a need to teach everyone that might be in contact with your child on how to care and play with the child. They need to be catered for and defended too outside. Parents should also encourage other children to play with their kids rather than seeing them as disabled and a no go area. They should blow the horn of any special skills, attributes and their uniqueness.