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As a parent, you want your child to be safe and healthy. But it doesn’t matter how careful you are, accidents still happen. Children are more likely to break an arm between the age of 5 and 9-year-old, not because their parents didn’t pay attention. But because young children are more likely to take risks at that age, and unfortunately, as a result of their inexperience, bad things can happen. Nevertheless, when it does happen, it’s important that you remember not to blame yourself. You need to be there for your child and help them recover – let’s be honest a parent who is ridden with guilt can’t provide any support.
When your child is hurt and needs to spend a lot of time building up their strength, it can be a stressful experience to witness for parents. But be patient with yourself, and you’ll be able to learn from the time. Here’s what you can do to help both of you deal with the recovery time as effectively and positively as possible.
Look after their health
Injuries are a learning experience. Firstly, because they teach your child about the dangers of some activities – and children heal quicker than adults as the body is constantly growing, so ultimately these life lessons are better learned at a young age. But secondly, because an injury teaches your child about a healthy lifestyle. You can encourage recovery with a helpful diet filled with lean proteins, vitamin A, eggs, nuts, berries and don’t forget dairy products that are rich in calcium. Additionally, fatty acids and antioxidants also stimulate the body’s healing faculties, which means that wounds disappear quicker. You can use the time to help them develop a taste for a healthy diet and replace sugary treats with lovely fruit.
Make it special
Recovery time is no fun time. There will be painful days and moments when everything seems to be going too slow. You can’t speed up the process, but you can help your child to take their mind off it. For young children, why not look at Custom Plush toys options as a creative gift that will keep them company in bed? You can also find books that encourage active reading, such as stories where your child is the hero – you might need a dice and a piece of paper to make it work, as these stories are quite involving. Ultimately, keeping the mind entertained can make the time go by quickly. After all, waiting is dull enough, so why not make it fun why you’re at it?
Help them to be patient
Last, but not least, it’s never too early to explain to your child what is going on in their body. What does it take so long to recover? The answer is: Because the body needs to rebuild itself. But while you know things take time, it can be difficult for a young mind to picture it. So, tune it to a quality animated series from the 1980s which, despite its dated style, is perfect to give your kid a taste of human biology. You’ll find that children are more patient when they understand what is happening!
In the end, there’s only one question left to ask: Are you ready to walk the path to recovery with your child?