Having a preemie is an experience for the entire family. Older siblings may be both excited and confused by all of the information involved in helping your new baby to get settled at home.
Some of these tips can help quite a bit.
Point out that the Baby Has Different Abilities and Needs
Siblings who have never been around a premature baby or a special needs child may not understand yet that they’re different. It’s important to make sure that they know what the preemie’s needs and abilities are so that they can accommodate both. Even very young children can understand what makes their younger sibling a little bit different.
Introduce Siblings to the Preemie’s Daily Routines
Chances are very good that your preemie has some special routines and things that need to be done. For instance, there may be medications your preemie needs or breathing treatments. Involve older siblings as much as possible in these routines so that they become a normal part of every day.
Set Aside Time for Other Children
It’s also a good idea to set aside special quality time with other children and older siblings. This might not be as easy as it seems at first, though, especially when you’re trying to keep up with all that each child needs. Having help from pediatric home health care providers helps to ensure that you’re able to devote that time to older siblings while knowing that your preemie is in capable hands.
Be Patient as Older Siblings Adapt
Older siblings may need to have some extra time to adapt to what is going on. Although children are extremely adaptable, it can still be a process for them. Make sure that they know they can ask you questions and that you’re willing to help them to understand.
Take Time for You, Too
You also have to remember that you need time away, as well. If you’re not already taking at least a little bit of a break regularly, you might want to determine how you can change your schedule. Pediatric home health care providers can help you figure out how to do this, too.
Adjusting to a new sibling takes time, of course, but these tips can help your other children to adjust more quickly to the situation. Now that everyone has a new role to play and an understanding of the new family member’s needs, they can all pitch in and help.
If you or a loved one are in need of Pediatric Home Health Care Services in Northampton PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.
Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author
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