Raising a child is rewarding. But as much as it is rewarding, it can be very challenging, stressful, busy, and so on. You have to help your child along the way as they grow, mature, and navigate life’s obstacles.
For some parents, those obstacles involve medical issues. Children that are diagnosed will illnesses or disabilities have a life changing road ahead. And their parents will need to be there more than ever before, even more so for a child with a limb amputation.
It can be difficult mentally and monetarily for parents as well. According to a law firm that specializes in limb amputation cases, “If you or a loved one have undergone limb amputation, you know that the medical costs associated with surgery and recovery are incredibly high.” Here you can learn more.
A child growing up without a limb raises a lot of questions for parents. Will they injure themselves further? How will they interact with other Children? Will they still be confident? Will they be bullied? And the questions are endless.
To help, we compiled a short list of tips to help a child with a limb amputation. Let’s dive in!
1. Get ready to handle the situation
At any age, losing a limb is a major life situation and adjustment, for children and adults. And the same goes for a child and parent. Life is altered the day the limb is lost. This is why it is important to be ready for the situation in a very positive way, regardless of the mental exhaustion and stress you may feel. The more prepared you are, the easier it will be for your child. One of the best ways to get prepared is to read books and join groups about limb amputation, especially if you can find them for parents.
2. Practice makes perfect
To make it easier for your child’s transition into life without a limb, practice the things you will be doing the most of in order to make the situation as normal and natural as possible. For example, you can learn everything there is to know about the prosthetic limb your child will use. This allows you to take it on and off easy, clean and maintain it without a problem, thus helping your child feel at ease.
You will also want to practice daily routines with your child, like walking on different types of terrain, opening doors, bathing, and even driving. It is important to discuss the limb amputation with people in your child’s life that he or she connects with daily, like principals, teachers, bus drivers, etc. to share what you know in order to make it even more comfortable for your child.
3. Talk about other children and people
The world can be a very dark place at times, especially for those with a disability. Everyone would like to think that children are accepting and kind to others, but this is simply not the case. This makes it important to discuss the reactions of other children and people with a child with a limb amputation.
Discuss not retaliating with violence if being bullied. Talk about being open about the limb amputation with friends if they have questions. And be sure to communicate that no matter what, they are special and can talk about anything with you. Your child will need strong support, so be there for them every step of the way.
4. Communicate as much as possible
The only way you will know how your child is doing after a limb amputation is to keep those communication channels open. Try to schedule a special evening or day every week to just sit down and have a check-in with your child. Talk about good and bad moments for that week, and ways to solve those problems moving forward.
5. Don’t forget about you
Being a parent of a child with a limb amputation is certainly no easy task. Parenting is hard enough, but when you add a disability, it becomes even harder. This makes it important for you to communicate with someone about your feelings and fears as well. Also be sure to cope with stress in a healthy way, like exercise, yoga, meditation, and other mental and physical ways. Your child relies on you, so be ready to take on the challenge by being healthy yourself.
In conclusion . . .
Dealing with a limb amputation is not easy. But as a parent, you have to take it head on and make it a positive experience for your child the best you can. The above tips are only the tip of the iceberg, but among the most important. Do you have any limb amputation tips for parents? We want to hear from you.