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The 411 on Child Health & How to be a Supportive Parent with Their Issues

Being a parent is an ever-changing endeavor that each person has to navigate on his or her own. Each parent has something to deal with, and having a child with a particular issue is no different. The following are a few issues that some children deal with and how you can be a supportive parent.

Asthma and Parenting

Children with asthma have a difficult time in the elements. Their immune system is not strong, and several things can trigger an asthma attack. This could include allergens like pollen or dust. It might be a good idea to teach your child about self-reliance. He or she needs to be aware of his or her triggers and learn how to avoid them. Yes, you should still do what you can to prevent attacks, but you are not going to be with your child every moment of the day.

Children with ADHD

ADHD can be a frustrating condition to deal with. It might be hard to get your child to do something since he or she simply has a hard time listening to your instructions. Children with this issue are impulsive, and it is something that they cannot control. Still, there are a few things you can do to be a good parent. The key is to be positive about the entire situation. Your child’s behavior may be embarrassing at times, but it is not something that is entirely in his or her control. Approaching parenting without judging them is perhaps the best thing that you can do as a parent.

Vision Impaired Children

Understanding how your child’s vision problem affects him or her is important. Be sure to keep up with your child’s checkups and ensure that he or she has the corrective devices needed to see as clearly as possible. These can be easily obtained at vision centers, such as All About Eyes. What you want to do is try to let your child know that he or she can achieve anything that they want, even with this vision issue. Encourage him or her to get involved in whatever interests that they have and find ways to ensure that they can see clearly.

Children with More Severe Disabilities

Children with certain physical and mental disabilities present a different set of issues to a parent. The key is to take it all one day at a time. You need to learn as much about the disability that you can so that you can be helpful. One of the best things that you can do is teach self-determination. Studies show that children who are determined are more likely to have a successful career and to be satisfied with their lives. You can help nurture self-determination by encouraging your child to solve his or her own issues. You can also try to push your child to plan and accomplish his or her dreams and goals.

As you can see, there is a lot that a parent can do to be a helpful, good parent. A child with a health issue needs an understanding parent who will be there every step of the way.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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