Children and families burdened with chronic health conditions have an arduous journey to face once diagnosed. Some chronic conditions limit physical activity; others bring pain and discomfort. Some require ongoing medical treatment; others force lengthy hospitalisation.
One of the most challenging issues sufferers of chronic illness face is the uncertainty of day to day life. Children often have to be removed from schooling to focus on their health and find it impossible to commit to social activities and interactions.
A child’s development can have a large impact on the intensity of the condition. An infant may have more or less complications compared to an adolescent with the same illness, which makes it difficult for the sufferer and their families to find consistency.
Parents and siblings are also greatly affected as they often need to assist with daily task. There is often a fine line between encouraging self-reliance and essential care, bringing tension to the household.
The importance of awareness of chronic conditions can not be estimated as these long-term illnesses usually do not have a cure. The more society learns about them, the easier it will be for children with the illness to interact as normal as possible.
Help4Kids hopes to play its roles in helping professionals, hospitals and charities that specialise in chronic conditions. Whether it be by implementing educational programs, procuring medical equipment, funding counselling session or advocating for government funding, Help4Kids will do all it can to help children with chronic conditions.