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Having a child with heart disease affects the whole family.
The impact will vary with the personality of each family member and how severe your child's illness is. But it's safe to assume it will cause some upset and concern.
As your family grows, both physically and mentally, the feelings about your child's heart problem will change for everyone. This includes your other kids and family.
An open, honest, loving approach to your child's heart disease can help your family deal with future hardships of all kinds. Supporting each other's reactions and feelings gives you a model to use for other problems that occur in life.
The Heart Institute at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is here for all of you. See our tips on how to support each member of your family.
As parents, you're trying to cope with your child's diagnosis of heart disease. Each of you will use your own ways and take different amounts of time to adapt.
For instance, you may react to stress by getting easily angered, whereas your partner may want to be alone.
Here are some ways you can support each other during this tough time.
For a child, having a heart problem can cause many uneasy feelings and questions. These issues change as a child matures.
Brothers and sisters have special needs when a sibling's heart disease colors part of their life. Like you, they may have strong feelings about the heart problem and the disruption it causes.
Children, even young ones, are keen on what's happening. They're aware of a sibling's hospital stays or visits.
It's vital you foster the ability of your other children to cope with their brother's or sister's heart disease.
For the Heart Institute at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, call 412-692-5540.
Or if you don't live close to Pittsburgh, find UPMC Children's heart care near you.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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