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Children with Illnesses


Children with Illnesses Everyone has health problems sometime or the other in life and these are not uncommon in childhood. Most conditions may be mild, they come and go and do not interfere with daily living. However some children may have long lasting or chronic illnesses which can affect their day to day life throughout childhood. These illnesses do not just carry a physical component but are accompanied by psychological, social, familial and emotional implications because they directly impact the child's self esteem, confidence and personality.

Asthma, Diabetes, Anemia, Cancer, AIDS, Epilepsy, Heart problems, Eczema; are all physical ailments that are long lasting. Coping with these can be very challenging for children, parents, siblings as well as friends. Such children have frequent nursing home & hospital visits; some may have painful treatments (multiple injections in diabetes) or scary manifestations (fits in epilepsy) or feelings of inadequacy (eczema in girls).

Causes of Children with Illnesses In many children with general learning disability, the cause of the disability remains unknown. In some there may be genetic factors, infection, brain injury or damage before, at birth or after birth. Examples include Down's syndrome, Fragile X syndrome and cerebral palsy.

Children or young people who have a general learning disability are aware of what goes on around them. However, their ability to understand and communicate may be limited, and they can find it hard to express themselves. Speech problems can make it even harder to make other people understand their feelings and needs.

They can become frustrated and upset by their own limitations. When they compare themselves to other children, they can feel sad or angry and think badly of themselves.

For a parent, it can be distressing to find out that their child has a general learning disability. It may be hard for them and other members of the family to understand why the child is like this. It can also be hard to communicate with the learning disabled child, difficult to manage their behaviour and hard for other people to understand.

Brothers and sisters may be affected in a number of ways. They may feel jealous of the attention given to their disabled brother or sister or embarrassed by their behaviour. They may even be teased at school. Quite often they can feel personally responsible for their disabled sibling or their distressed parent.

Children with Illnesses symptoms Children with chronic conditions:

Feel that they are different from other children
Have limitations as compared to other children
May blame themselves for the trouble that their
parent have to go through due to their condition
May get anxious, depressed and aggressive
May develop feelings of insecurity & timidity
May become defiant & not follow the treatment

It’s not always easy to identify learning disabilities. Because of the wide variations, there is no single symptom or profile that you can look to as proof of a problem. However, some warning signs are more common than others at different ages. If you’re aware of what they are, you’ll be able to catch a learning disorder early and quickly take steps to get your child help.

The following checklist lists some common red flags for learning disorders. Remember that children who don’t have learning disabilities may still experience some of these difficulties at various times. The time for concern is when there is a consistent unevenness in your child’s ability to master certain skills.

Children with Illnesses diagnosis Diagnosing a learning disability is a process. It involves testing, history taking, and observation by a trained specialist. Finding a reputable referral is important. Start with your child's school, and if they are unable to help you, ask your insurance company, doctor, or friends and family who have dealt successfully with learning disabilities.

Types of specialists who may be able to test for and diagnose learning disabilities include :

Clinical psychologists
School psychologists
Child psychiatrists
Educational psychologists
Developmental psychologists
Occupational therapist (tests sensory disorders that can lead to learning problems)
Speech and language therapist

Sometimes several professionals coordinate services as a team to obtain an accurate diagnosis. They may ask for input from your child's teachers. Recommendations can then be made for special education services or speech-language therapy within the school system.

A nonpublic school that specializes in treating learning disabilities might be a good alternative if the public school is not working out. For a list of nonpublic schools in your area go to the website for your state's Department of Education.

Children with Illnesses treatment Your child with a chronic illness needs opportunities to connect with other children, to feel normal, to feel the same and not different from them. In many ways these children are more special because they go that extra step and face that added struggle to overcome their physical problems and be at par with others. They deserve your unswerving and unconditional support to help them build on their confidence and boost their morale. BHN Health Care offers professional help from experts, which aids in inculcating the positive coping strategies and mature defence mechanisms in the child, as well as the family. This assures smooth growth and development in the child without leaving feelings of intellectual, social or moral insufficiency. Every child deserves utmost care to develop optimally & they mustn't lose any oppiortunity that drives them to the same.

In the case of older children, help them learn to problem solve for themselves and come up with management (coping ) strategies. This builds their independence and mastery of coming up with options, finding solutions, or finding other ways to comfort themselves. For example, if a child repeatedly bullies other children, lies, withdraws, gives up, hurts or blames other children, the adult can ask the child what other ways there are to handle the situation that caused the reaction in the child.

Promote a positive environment - Praise children for the acceptable things that they do. The experience of stress and tension can serve to defeat an individual's concept and confidence. Help children see and understand the positive things about themselves and that they are worthwhile persons. Listen without judging the child or the situation; that is, if the child chooses to tell you about the situation that produced the stress. Help the child feel comfortable in expressing feelings. Assist the child in clarifying his or her feelings. You may need to correct any misconceptions that the children may have about themselves or their feelings.

Set a good example - Children learn lessons from us, whether these lessons are positive or negative. Keep in mind that children are imitators and may cope with stress in the same ways they see adults handle their stress. In some cases, it is appropriate to explain, especially to older children, why something is being done. This explanation can often ease the child's reaction.