As adults, when we get injured in whichever way it happens, we understand that it might be painful and that recovery might take some time. However, for a child, suffering from an injury can be a source of worry, pain and frustration that is sometimes difficult to understand. If your child has recently been hurt and sustained an injury, whether it’s something minor or something more serious, here are some tips to help them get through it.
While most children are used to being active, it is essential that they take things steady while they recover. Injuries such as sprains, broken bones or muscle damage are likely to be painful, and the affected area will need time to heal. Help keep your child happy and secure by providing plenty of cuddles and things to do while they are out of action. It could include watching some films together, reading stories and doing puzzles.
While your child is laid up because of injury, they may begin to feel isolated from their friends. If your child is able to socialise, then allow friends to keep them company at times. Doing so will benefit their mental well-being and help them to feel positive, and that also supports the healing process.
Whether your child has been injured through something they did themselves, because of an accident, or because of the faulty of another party, it is crucial to look into how it can be prevented in the future. For example, you might get in contact with the responsible organisation or even claim against them for lasting damage, such as eye injury compensation. You should also talk to your child about taking precautions, such as behaving in a way that minimises risks of repeated injury.
An injury doesn’t just have a physical effect, but a mental one too. Encourage your child to talk about how they feel, whether they find themselves replaying the incident that caused the injury in their minds, and let them know that it is normal to feel a little anxious. After all, anxiety is the body’s way of protecting itself, by making us cautious. However, if the fear doesn’t subside over time, then it is advisable to get some advice from a doctor. When your child is recovering from an injury, it is also essential to keep stress at a minimum, as it can slow down the healing process.
It is hard for any parent to see their child suffering from an injury, both physically and mentally, so as well as caring for your child, make sure you look after yourself too. A stressed parent is not as helpful to a child as a relaxed one, so if you need to talk things through with a friend, then do so. Keep talking with your child throughout their recovery to see how they are feeling, always be someone they can turn to, and you will find that you help each other through a difficult time.