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Caring for a Patient with a Halo
You As Caregiver
Children respond to attitude!
Always be calm and positive around your child, and if you do not feel this way remove yourself from the room.
If you are frustrated or in despair, do not show it. Walk away.
The outcome is much more positive with a positive attitude and outlook from both parents and patient.
It is important to have a strong support system in place with family, friends and your medical team.
This will be a trying period to live through, but a manageable one with proper planning and emotional support in place.
You and Your Patient
Depression may occur during this time. It may be mild, but in some cases symptoms may feel overwhelming. If depression is detected, contact your doctor immediately.
Some patients feel socially isolated, as well as experiencing eating and sleeping disturbances.
Increase social interactions at times like this. Try to have friends or family around to combat the isolation, and increase the joy of mealtime.
Parents of toddlers need to be aware of their child’s temperament, especially during the “terrible twos.” Temper tantrums that are expressed by throwing oneself on the floor need to be avoided if possible.
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