October 31, 2018 |  written by IVX Health

How to Make Chronic Illness Less Scary for Your Kids

A chronic illness diagnosis can be a scary experience — but for your children, it can be even more frightening. If your kids are having trouble understanding what you're going through, these tips can help.

#1: Be Honest About Scary Symptoms

Your children will likely see you go through some tough times. Whether it’s flare-ups or medication side effects, you’ll want to explain what’s going on. The key is to talk to your kids in an age-appropriate way. Young kids don’t need to hear every scientific detail, but some teens may take comfort in knowing more about what’s happening.

#2: Tell Them What You Need

Getting kids to listen and do what you ask can be a challenge any time, but it’s important that you tell them what you need, especially when your illness is flaring. Kids understand more than we give them credit for sometimes. Letting them know you need help with household tasks or quiet while you rest isn’t too much to ask. And you might be surprised just how much your kids listen when you’re honest with them about why.

#3: Schedule One-on-One Time

One of the frustrating things about dealing with a chronic illness is finding time to fit everything in. You need to keep up with your normal life. You need to fit in treatments. And you need to find time to rest and recover. During the adjustment-to-diagnosis phase, your kids may begin to feel left out. So make sure your new normal includes one-on-one time. During these times, they can ask questions and share about their lives too.

Treatment at IVX Health

If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia  are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.

With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.

At IVX Health, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to IVX Health.