How to Help a Child Suffering from Cancer - Tips and more

Children suffering from cancer

When you hear the word “cancer,” your mind immediately goes to the disease and not the child who has it. But there is no adult cancer; there are only children who have cancer. It’s not pleasant news to hear that someone you love might have cancer, but unfortunately it can happen to anyone. If your child is diagnosed with this disease, you might feel a bit confused and scared. However, as parents, you need to be strong and take things one step at a time. Cancer affects not only the child with the disease but also their family and friends close to them. If your child is diagnosed with cancer, know that you are not alone. Millions of people worldwide have faced the same difficult journey, and many of them have triumphed over it. Read on for helpful ways on how you can support your child through this difficult journey.

Educate yourself about the disease

Although it is easy to feel helpless when your child has cancer, you need to educate yourself about the disease and its treatment so you can be a better caregiver. You can start by asking your doctor about the diagnosis and treatment plan. If your child is too young to understand everything that is happening, you can speak to his/her doctors and trusted family members who are close to him/her. Learning about your child’s diagnosis is important because it will help you understand his/her needs and know what your child is going through. You will also be able to answer your child’s questions about their disease and their treatment.

Help your child feel safe

Your child’s world is suddenly filled with doctors, medical tests, needles, and medications. He or she is likely confused and scared. You can help your child feel safe and comfortable before, during, and after their medical treatments by creating a safe and comforting space for them. You can do this by:

  • Talking to your child about what will occur during their medical procedures
  • Planning fun activities with your child that are not related to their diagnosis
  • Keeping your child away from people who are negative about their condition and/or treatment
  • Respecting your child’s feelings and emotions
  • Keeping your child’s daily routine as normal as possible

Helping a child with cancer eat well

Cancer treatment can be exhausting, both physically and emotionally. There are several ways you can help your child eat well during and after their treatment. You can:

  • Stock your freezer with frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Plan healthy meals ahead of time so your child can easily heat and eat them
  • Read nutrition labels on food products
  • Keep healthy snacks, such as fruits and nuts, in your house
  • Offer probiotic yogurt and fermented vegetables as part of your child’s daily diet

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