Kids with chronic conditions require extra care, but they also need the regular routines of childhood and some semblance of normal family life. It’s sometimes difficult for worried parents to treat their sick child the same as they did before he/she became sick, but that’s exactly what is needed.

This means sticking to normal routines whenever possible, setting limits and consequences for unacceptable behavior, and avoiding overindulgences.  Feelings of guilt, intense empathy for your child’s suffering, and protectiveness may be overwhelming, but coddling or spoiling will only make it more difficult for your child to return to daily activities. Remember, normalcy is the goal.


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