Chronic illnesses are always difficult to live with. While many people struggle due to their long-term illness, this can be even harder when it’s a child. A child having a serious illness is a nightmare for all parents, but for many, this is their everyday life. You want the best in life for your child, but a chronic illness can make this a difficult thing to provide. Children who have serious illnesses need constant care that goes beyond what any parent can do themselves, which is why the care you choose for them is so important.

Capital Caring Health understands the challenges that illness has caused for your child and your entire family. With our pediatric palliative care in Washington, DC, we can help make life for your child more comfortable and provide them and your family with valuable resources and support. Managing pain and other effects of a serious illness are important for caring for those who have one, but children and their families, in particular, require special support and care during this time.

When to Consider Palliative Care

When you have a sick child, every decision you make regarding the care they receive is important. Understanding when to start looking into palliative care for your child can be confusing, but these services can make a huge impact on both your child’s life and the lives of everyone in the family. Palliative care aims to help improve a person’s quality of life and can be beneficial for anyone living with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. 

If your child suffers from one of the following, or a similar illness, it may be helpful to start palliative care:

  • Cancer
  • Genetic disorders
  • Heart conditions
  • Kidney disease
  • Lung conditions
  • Neurological disorders 

Some symptoms that may require pediatric palliative care include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Nausea 
  • Pain

What Can Palliative Care Do For Your Child?

A major part of any type of palliative care is doing everything possible to help manage symptoms and pain for those with an illness. At Capital Caring Health , we provide a number of different services that ensure your child has care that helps manage their symptoms and any medical support you need at home. This includes home deliveries for medication and equipment, home visits from nurses, and 24/7 support. Palliative care doesn’t attempt to treat an illness, only to reduce the symptoms to attempt to help patients feel more comfortable. Children who receive palliative care may also continue to undergo curative treatments at the same time.

Palliative care can provide much more than support for your child’s physical well-being. Dealing with a serious illness can take its toll on a person’s emotional and mental health as well. This includes not only your child, but every member of your family. It’s difficult to watch a loved one struggle with an illness and it can be even harder to grapple with when the person is a child. Our services also help provide support for the emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of your child and family. In times like this, it’s common for children and their families to experience complex emotions or are unable to process what’s happening. Capital Caring Health has a team of social workers, child and family clinical specialists, grief counselors, and chaplains to provide whatever support you need.

Supportive Pediatric Palliative Care in Washington, DC

As a parent or guardian, you want your child to always be treated with care and compassion.  At Capital Caring Health, we’re here to provide the highest quality of palliative care to children and families in the DC area. Capital Caring Health is one of the oldest and largest children’s hospices in the country and has an understanding of the type of support families and children with illnesses need the most. We’re dedicated to helping families through this time by offering a variety of services to help ease emotional and physical pain. 

To learn more about how our pediatric palliative care services can benefit your family, contact Capital Caring Health today.