Parents of Ill Children

Sick childThe stresses and strains of caring for a child with a significant illness are significant. Parents providing care for a seriously ill child must learn about the illness and systems of care while they are having the frightening and possibly traumatic experience of witnessing their child struggle with the illness.

Other aspects of life also must be balanced with the urgent demands of the child’s illness, including the care and nurturance of a marriage or partnership, and often, other children in the family, jobs, extended family relationships, etc.

A few interventions have been designed and tested in randomized controlled trials to assist families in dealing with the illness-related caregiving challenges as well as balancing other needs.

These include: