Caring for children with lung cancer is difficult and complicated because the psychology of children depends on age, living environment, learning condition. Depending on the specific object, appropriate care must be taken. Include the following aspects:
Nutrition and living environment care
Not only lung cancer patients but most people with other cancers such as liver cancer, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer can be easily treated with early detection. In addition to the use of modern treatments, the issue of caring for lung cancer patients is also a matter of particular concern.
The principle of caring for children with lung cancer first is to build a reasonable diet for patients. Accordingly, the daily diet of children with lung cancer during treatment should be supplemented with essential nutrients for the body, especially proteins, healthy fats, fiber, starches and vitamins, and minerals. They are also encouraged to eat more, divided small meals a day to ensure adequate energy for the activities of the body and away from stimulants such as alcohol, tobacco, etc.
When a child is being treated for cancer, he or she will have health problems that are weaker than normal people. At that time, they should not go to places where the environment is polluted or there are many bacteria that are harmful to their health. In addition, carers need to ensure that the patient’s accommodation is always clean and well ventilated so that the patient is more comfortable, more comfortable, better supportive of the treatment.
Create a good psychological environment with children, especially in relationships with close relatives such as family, friends, teachers. Children’s affection must be maintained and the maximum response possible.
Concerned about your child’s mind
The last stage of cancer thinking and feeling about death is a matter for psychologists to care for children appropriately. The child’s intellectual development includes: cognitive thinking, and reasoning divided by psychologists in three phases.
- Children from birth to 2 years of age. The stage where the child senses the senses of the external environment, perceives his or her behavior and intelligence begins to develop.
- Children from 2 years to 12 years of age. Preparation and specific actions, including 2 small stages. Two to seven year olds are aware of the difference between the inside and the outside world, having thoughts but not thinking logically.
- Children from 7 to 12 years old are learning and receiving a variety of information, thinking more logically and feeling death.
The older child is quite sufficient in thinking, has relatively clear feelings and awareness, has ambition and his desire for the outside world.
All children must go through these stages, however, depending on the child stages may develop earlier.
Support, assistance, family encouragement most parents, the closest is indirect action to help children. Families understanding the progression of the disease and the impact it puts on children is very useful in the treatment and care of children.
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Review Date: May 12, 2017 | Last Modified: May 12, 2017
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