Helping your child cope with leukemiaHHelping your child cope with leukemiaHelping your child cope with leukemiaEnglishOncologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodySkeletal systemConditions and diseasesAdult (19+)NA2018-03-06T05:00:00ZOussama Abla, MDDanielle Weidman, MDKarin Landenberg, MD000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p> Learn what you can do to help your child cope with leukemia treatment, procedures, and side effects.</p><p>Talking to your child about their illness may be one of the most difficult conversations you have with them. Use age-appropriate language and be hopeful. When talking to your child, here are some useful tips to keep in mind.</p><h2> Key points </h2> <ul><li>It is important to use correct terminology when describing your child's leukemia.</li> <li> Be honest with your child about their illness and clarify any misconceptions they have about what might have caused their leukemia.</li> <li>Prepare your child for upcoming procedures and side effects of chemotherapy.</li></ul>
Aider votre enfant à gérer la maladieAAider votre enfant à gérer la maladieHelping your child cope with leukemiaFrenchOncologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodySkeletal systemConditions and diseasesAdult (19+)NA2018-03-06T05:00:00ZOussama Abla, MDDanielle Weidman, MDKarin Landenberg, MDFlat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Découvrez ce que vous pouvez faire pour aider votre enfant à mieux supporter son traitement de la leucémie, les interventions pratiquées sur lui et les effets secondaires de ses médicaments.</p><p>Discuter de sa maladie avec votre enfant est peut-être l’une des conversations les plus ardues que vous n’aurez jamais avec lui. Adaptez les termes que vous employez à son âge et montrez-vous optimiste. Nous vous suggérons de lire les conseils suivants avant d’entreprendre cette conversation.</p><h2> À retenir</h2> <ul><li>Il est important d’employer les termes exacts en décrivant sa leucémie. </li><li>Parlez-lui honnêtement de sa maladie et dissipez les mythes qu’il pourrait avoir sur ses causes. </li><li>Préparez-le aux interventions qu’il va subir et aux effets secondaires de la chimiothérapie.</li></ul>

 

 

Helping your child cope with leukemia2860.00000000000Helping your child cope with leukemiaHelping your child cope with leukemiaHEnglishOncologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodySkeletal systemConditions and diseasesAdult (19+)NA2018-03-06T05:00:00ZOussama Abla, MDDanielle Weidman, MDKarin Landenberg, MD000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p> Learn what you can do to help your child cope with leukemia treatment, procedures, and side effects.</p><p>Talking to your child about their illness may be one of the most difficult conversations you have with them. Use age-appropriate language and be hopeful. When talking to your child, here are some useful tips to keep in mind.</p><h2> Key points </h2> <ul><li>It is important to use correct terminology when describing your child's leukemia.</li> <li> Be honest with your child about their illness and clarify any misconceptions they have about what might have caused their leukemia.</li> <li>Prepare your child for upcoming procedures and side effects of chemotherapy.</li></ul><h3>Use the right words</h3> <p>It is important that you use the right words to describe your child’s leukemia. Do not be afraid to use the words "cancer" or "leukemia." They will inevitably hear nurses, doctors, friends, and relatives talk about leukemia in the hospital or at home. If these words have not been explained, it can be upsetting and confusing for your child.</p> <p>When explaining to your child, use simple, accessible language that is age-appropriate. For example, if your child is young, tell them that their blood is sick, and that they will be given medicines to help it get better. Be honest, and tell your child that they might feel worse before getting better. </p> <h3>Be honest</h3> <p>Be open and honest with your child about their illness. It will build a healthy relationship between you and your child, which is necessary while your child faces the rigorous treatment process. It is okay to tell your child that you do not have all the answers. Do not promise something that is not in your power to control. If you are not sure how to respond to a question, say “That’s a good question. I don’t know, so let’s ask the doctor.” </p> <p>Your child is sensitive to how you feel and can sense if something is bothering you. While it is healthy to show your emotions, if you are very distressed, it may upset them more. Parents can be referred to child life specialists, social workers, and psychologists, who can provide further support. </p> <h3>Clarify the myths and facts about leukemia</h3> <p>It is important to remind your child, and yourself, that no one is to blame for the illness. It is not known what causes leukemia. They might think that something they did or did not do caused their illness. To help ease their worries, ask the health care team to discuss what is known about the causes of leukemia with your child.</p> <h3>Prepare your child</h3> <p>Explain procedures before your child has them. Ask a member of your child’s health care team to describe what they will hear, feel, taste, or smell during the test. This can help make it seem less frightening. Your child will also trust you and the hospital team. Be sure to tell them about side effects of the chemotherapy, such as hair loss, weight gain, weight loss, and skin problems.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/helping_your_child_cope_with_leukemia.jpgHelping your child cope with leukemiaFalse

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