Sarah was born on July 12, 2006. At 2 months of age Sarah saw her first emergency room and admission to hospital where she received 2 blood transfusions for her low hemoglobin and was placed on antibiotics for a UTI until she was 4 years old and started to show signs of growth. This is when her mom witnessed her first SMILE & LAUGH… These are just two of the things that she is now known for today here at Ottawa Crescent Public School at 11 years old in grade 6!Read More
Explaining CF to those around You
More and more CF patients are living to adulthood and having children. This can create a dilemma about shielding children from the parent’s CF condition.
Experts encourage parents to include children by discussing cystic fibrosis in age appropriate language and involving them in day-to-day activities. This inclusiveness tends to support the child, alleviate fears and prepare the child for situations e.g. a health crisis that may evolve. By including children in crisis situations, they will be guided toward accurate, healthy, and hopeful interpretation of the event and will learn adaptive coping skills.
The content of the discussion should be individualized/tempered according to the child’s age. For instance, preschooler’s may not understand direct words but are sensitive to a parent’s emotions and stresses. This age group may simply require reassurance. Once the child gets older, they may be curious and ask more about your condition. Don’t be afraid to answer their questions. Use this site to help explain cystic fibrosis and support them to spread the word by talking with their friends.
Cystic fibrosis affects the entire family, so it’s important to discuss openly with everyone. If you have any questions about this or other topics like this, your clinic social worker is a great resource.
For parents with children with cystic fibrosis, we have a resource available to provide educators with background information on the experiences of children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis.