When you have an injured child, everything can quickly become chaotic. Anxiety and panic can set in and you end up skipping important aspects of caring for your child because you’re trying too hard. It’s important to slow down, think carefully and ensure you’re taking care of all of your child’s needs.
Here are ways you can Properly Care for an Injured Child
Seek Immediate Medical Care
Sometimes a wait and see approach can work, such as when your child has a fever or vomits. But injuries can often be much more severe than they look to the naked eye, so immediate medical attention is important. Ensure that the injury isn’t made worse as well as making sure that treatment is started for a faster full recovery.
Make Sure Your Child is Not Isolated
Injuries often mean restricted behavior. Restricted behavior, such as not being able to walk, can lead to isolation which can create loneliness and depression. Encourage siblings to play board games, watch TV or read with their injured brother or sister, and make sure you spend time doing so yourself. Invite neighborhood friends in to play, or ask school friends to come over after school or on weekends. This helps your child feel as though they’re still involved in their usual daily life.
Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your child’s injury, a lawsuit to recover medical expenses and pain and suffering may be appropriate. A consultation with a personal injury lawyer can help you determine if that’s the case in your child’s situation. The sooner you handle this, the better it will be for your whole family financially.
Thoroughly Inform Caregivers of the Situation
As much as you might want to be the one to stay home and care for your child until he or she recovers, the fact might be that you have to go to work and leave your child in the care of a babysitter. If this is your situation, it’s imperative that your sitter is fully aware of the entire situation surrounding the injury. It’s a good idea to write all of this information down. If an emergency situation arises, nothing gets confused.
Dealing with an injured child can be stressful for the whole family.
Making sure the child feels cared for, loved, and surrounded by friends and family can help. So can easing the financial burden, whether that’s by lawsuit or working. Ease your own stress to make things easier for your child.
This is a guest post: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook