When a Child Is Bedridden: 3 Things for Parents to Consider When Caring for a Bedridden Child by 30Seconds Health
As parents, we don’t like to think about the possibility that our child may become bedridden at some point, but sadly it does happen. Whether they’re suffering from an illness that will keep them bed bound for an extended period of time or perhaps have suffered an injury keeping them immobile, we need to learn how to care for them. It isn’t always going to be easy – they are children after all – but there are some things you can do to make it easier on your child and yourself.
1. Keep Them Entertained
Children are, by nature, highly active. Not only are they going to miss bouncing around as kids do, but they may become easily bored if their minds are not kept busy. It is important to plan activities based on the age of the child. Here is a list of activities by age for children on bed rest. Some parents find that keeping a bed in the common area helps to keep the child involved in family activities because they may feel quite isolated when in their room 24/7. Of course, it depends on the illness, but when it’s a matter of a common broken bone, for example, there is no reason to keep a child isolated and totally bored.
2. Specialty Beds and Equipment
There are times when a hospital bed may be required during convalescence. Most of the time regular bed sheets will not fit these specially sized beds. It is important to find quality linens designed for home care that have been sized specifically for hospital beds. Other equipment may be necessary as well, and most can be found online to be delivered to the home. Comfort is important, so you will want to ensure that the linens, pillows and blankets are not scratchy and are crafted with a patient’s comfort in mind.
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3. Keep Their Spirits Up
There will obviously be times when your child will need to be isolated if their illness is communicable but, if not, there is often no reason why they can’t have visitors. Perhaps school classmates will stop over from time to time, and this may help keep your child’s spirits up. One of the worst things a parent can face with a bedridden child is when they fall into depression, wondering if they will ever get out again. Realistically, most children will be able to get back to normal activities, but for those who have suffered severe injuries or illness, it is all the more important to help them stay positive as they become accustomed to a new way of life.
As a parent, you want your child to be happy, healthy and whole, so you will go the extra mile to see that their recovery is as stress free as possible. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of keeping them entertained and other times it’s helping them to continue feeling a part of the family, whether you have to move their bed into the family room or allow for classmates to visit from time to time. The most important thing you can give your child at this time is love, comfort and hope.
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