Coping with a Child Diagnosis: The Dos and Don’ts

As much as you may yearn to protect your children from everything that can harm them, and as much as you might actually do to protect them, sometimes, life has other ideas. On occasion, the issue of keeping your child safe and healthy is taken out of your hands, and they are diagnosed with an illness.

Such a situation may sometimes be unavoidable, but there are things that you can do to cope with a diagnosis, as well as things that you shouldn’t do. To see these DOs and DON’TS, carry on reading.

Do not feel guilty or angry

Especially if your child has been diagnosed with something deemed to be hereditary, DON’T allow yourself to feel guilty or angry about the situation. You may instantly want to feel these things, but doing so is a waste of your energy and it will stop you from devoting everything you can to helping your child get through their predicament. If you feel like you have to, DO seek counseling, which may even be provided by your child’s treating hospital, as this will help you to come to terms with the diagnoses in the healthiest way possible.

Do seek compensation whenever you are entitled to it

Seeking compensation might be the last thing on your mind when you are tasked with dealing with a child diagnosis, but doing so can help make your situation better in the long run. When your child is mistreated or even misdiagnosed at any point in their journey throughout their illness by a medical professional, their chances of a full recovery may be hampered or even ruined. This means that financial compensation could be key when it comes to paying for extra support that they need, making seeking it a definite DO.

When doing so, make sure to check out a professional in the field, such as, and ensure to see if they can help you with any situation you feel you and your child are faced with. Just remember, doing this is not a waste of your time or energy!

Other DOs and DON’TS

DO aim to make everything carry on as normal for your child by stopping yourself from shielding or limiting them because of their diagnoses, but DON’T allow them to do anything that can hamper them or their recovery.

Limiting them will make them feel abnormal when compared with other children, and that can have a massive impact on their ability to deal with their diagnoses. At the same time, if the severity of their diagnoses permits it, you do have to stop them from doing certain things that can impact their health, such as letting them stay up late or allowing them to eat unhealthily. In this case, you have to find a suitable middle ground.

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