Although a cerebral palsy diagnosis may come as a surprise to parents who are not aware of the condition of their children’s health, it can be managed with regenerative therapies, continued care, and supplementary therapies like physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Children with cerebral palsy have special needs and there are several ways to help them cope up with their condition with a warm smile.
Know Your Child’s Healthcare
Your child might have to consult a number of doctors, from pediatricians to therapists, but keeping proper tabs on his healthcare and staying informed about his therapies are of utmost important, being a parent. Many doctors even prefer parents to be involved in the care of their children as they can make health decisions and learn which treatments and therapies work for their children.
Be Your Child’s Home Therapist
With good guidance from healthcare professionals, physical therapists and other experts, parents can function as home therapists for their children in times of emergency (like the COVID-19 lockdown quarantine). Once parents learn the techniques required to help their children, they can support them to build balance, stretch muscles, and ease painful muscle movements.
Keep Your Child Active
Children with cerebral palsy might not be able to play rigorous sports but exercising can help them keep their muscles active for enhanced movement. Parents can support their children in walking and trying to teach them new skills to use their muscles actively. Enhanced muscle activities might reduce spasms. Being active may strengthen his muscles, and it may help lead to fewer muscle spasms.
Support Your Child’s Hobbies
It is a great feeling to be encouraged and children with cerebral palsy need a strong support from their parents and relatives. One can help children by supporting them in their hobbies of music listening, painting, visiting parks or museums, playing indoor or outdoor games etc. Parents should come forward to help their children gain more self-confidence and self-esteem. Keeping a positive attitude will always help your children learn from you. Do not let your children focus on their limitations as a positive mental health is very crucial for treating cerebral palsy.
Focus on Your Child’s Diet
Healthy nutritious food can help children with cerebral palsy gain better strength in their muscles and bones. This helps establish better balance in children and also looks after the immunity to protect them from other diseases. But every parent should remember to consult a nutritionist or pediatrician before deciding on a good diet for their children’s health.
Communicate With Other Parents
When parents visit doctors along with their children for consulting regarding cerebral palsy conditions, it is very important to meet parents of other children surviving with cerebral palsy. This can initiate healthy communication which might help in igniting hope and positivity during difficult times. Moreover, parents might come across honest suggestions and advice from other parents who are more experienced in dealing with similar issues. This can also help the children in recognizing more people who care for them and may lead to friendships.