When a child is born with special needs, it can often be very hard on the parents. Many parents do not know the first thing about caring for someone with special needs and if a child needs specific care, the parents will need help to learn everything that they need to learn. Fortunately, there are at home healthcare assistants available that can make the process easier. The following guide walks you through a few ways a home care assistant can help you when it comes to taking care of your child with special needs.
Learn How to Properly Medicate Your Child
If your child needs to take certain medications on a daily basis, you will need to learn how to administer them. There are some children who need to have injections, some have access lines or ports put in place to administer medications, and some simply need to take the medications orally. The home care assistant will be able to teach you the method that the doctors recommend you use when administering medication to your child. You will get to learn in a hands-on environment so that you can learn how to do it properly and with confidence.
Learn How to Properly Bathe Your Child
A child with special needs may not be able to be bathed the same way a child without special needs would be bathed. The home care assistant can walk you through a few tips and tricks that he or she may have learned along the way to help you learn how to properly bathe your child now and as they grow. This can be very helpful because bathing can create a dangerous situation if it is not done properly because your child will be slippery when they are wet and lathered. You want to be sure that there is no change of them being injured while you are bathing them.
Learn How to Feed Your Child
Depending upon the severity of your child's condition, feeding may be a difficult task, as well. The home care assistant will have experience feeding children with many different conditions so they should be able to help you determine the safest, most effective method for feeding your child. When they are young, a bottle may be the best option, but as they age, the home care assistant can help you learn how to feed them solid foods safely. If your child has an access port in his or her stomach, the home care assistant can help you learn how to feed your child through that, as well.
A home care assistant is trained to be able to handle emergency situations, as well. It will give you peace of mind to have someone in your home that can help your child if anything goes wrong throughout the day. Eventually you may feel comfortable enough that you do not need the home care assistant to come to your home every day.Share
29 April 2016
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