A mom kisses her daughter on the forehead. When you learn to trust yourself, you'll have more confidence in caring for your kids when they are sick.

When our kids are sick, it’s easy to second-guess ourselves. It’s incredibly stressful when we aren’t sure if we’re making the right calls or doing what’s best for our child. When you focus on loving your kids and learn how to trust yourself, you’ll have more confidence when caring for your children.

Even experienced parents may find themselves consumed by anxiety when faced with a kid who has an injury or illness.

What can be done about it?

A few things actually. Let’s dive in!

How to trust yourself and increase your confidence

Improve your knowledge deficit

Fear of the unknown can lead to a lot of parental distress. I know this from experience! Perhaps you did a quick Google search on your child’s symptoms and are convinced that whatever your kid has is a worst-case scenario. Maybe your doctor’s appointment is days away and you find yourself diving down deep rabbit holes all the while becoming more and more upset.

How can you educate yourself without losing your mind?

Seek Reliable Sources

Everyone has got an opinion, and established facts are now constantly disputed. When you’re mining the internet for knowledge, it can be difficult to sort out the 100 percent truth from fool’s gold. Fortunately, there are some fantastic resources available to parents. These sites provide evidence-backed information and stay up-to-date with the most current practices.

  1. Mayo Clinic: A non-profit organization that provides comprehensive medical information and research to patients and healthcare professionals.
  2. MedlinePlus: A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that offers reliable, up-to-date information on health conditions, drugs, supplements, and more.
  3. WebMD: A reputable website that offers medical news, expert perspectives, and health information on a wide range of topics.
  4. Healthline: A website that provides evidence-based health information, news, and tools to help individuals manage their health and wellness.
  5. National Institutes of Health (NIH): A U.S. government agency that conducts and supports medical research and provides health information to the public.
  6. KidsHealth: A website created by the Nemours Foundation that provides information for parents, kids, and teens on various health topics, including nutrition, physical activity, and mental health.
  7. HealthyChildren.org: A website created by the American Academy of Pediatrics that offers information and resources for parents on children’s health, safety, and development.
  8. Children’s Hospital Association: A website that provides information and resources on children’s health, including medical conditions, treatments, and research.
  9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The CDC also has a section on their website dedicated to children’s health, with information on vaccines, developmental milestones, and more.
  10. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): A U.S. government agency that conducts and supports research on children’s health, development, and well-being.

Next time you have a burning health question about your child, or yourself, check out one or more of these sites.

Educate yourself about common childhood illnesses

Before I became a parent, I had the advantage of going through nursing school and working as a pediatric nurse for several years. Because of my knowledge, I didn’t have some of the normal new parent jitters when it came to helping my kids when they were sick. You don’t have to go to nursing school to increase your knowledge. The information is already out there if you know where to look. You just have to be willing to take the time to learn it!

Be Prepared:

In addition to learning about common childhood illnesses, it’s important for you to have basic first aid skills and know how to respond in case of an emergency. Be sure you have a strong grasp on essential skills such as CPR, and how to treat choking.

Have the right tools at home to care for sick kids:

Knowing that you have the right supplies at home to care for your sick child will provide you with peace of mind. When you have what you need, you’ll be able to focus on your child’s health without worrying about whether you have essential items.

When you are stressed, remember to use a little positive self-talk, remember:

You are smart

You are competent

You are perfectly qualified to make good decisions when your kids are sick!

Seeking Support

As a nurse, I’m always going to advocate for seeking support from professionals. Knowing when your child needs more help than you can provide at home is essential to keeping them safe. Becoming aware of other forms of parental support can make your journey with sick kids a lot less stressful.

Reaching out to Healthcare Professionals for Guidance and Reassurance

When caring for a sick child, it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed and uncertain. That’s why it’s important to reach out to healthcare professionals for help and reassurance. Sometimes you need to make an appointment, other times you can send your doctor a message, or ask the office nurse for advice

Ask questions

Even if you have a solid knowledge foundation, remember to ask questions! Express your concerns and seek guidance on treatment options or medication management. Your child’s healthcare team is there to support you, and they want to make sure your child receives the best possible care.

Sometimes we hesitate to ask questions because we don’t want to look dumb, or we are worried about wasting the other person’s time. When it comes to your child’s health, no question is stupid! Getting your questions answered correctly will take away anxiety and guesswork when it comes to caring for a sick child.

Benefits to asking questions

If you are feeling hesitant about asking questions, remember, there are a lot of benefits to digging deeper and making sure you have a strong handle on the situation. Here are some of them:

Gain a better understanding of your child’s health: When you ask questions, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of any conditions or problems your child might have. This can help you make more informed decisions about treatment options.

Ensure your child receives the best possible care: Asking questions can help ensure that your child receives the best possible care from their healthcare provider. By communicating your concerns, you’ll help ensure that your child’s healthcare provider has all the information they need to make the best decisions for your child’s health.

Identify potential issues early on: By asking questions, you can help identify potential health issues early on. This can lead to a quicker diagnosis and treatment. Understanding the problem can improve outcomes and prevent more serious health problems from developing.

Two women chatting and having coffee. Having someone to trust and share experiences with can help to build your confidence as a parent.

Working Together

Another important source of support can come from connecting with other parents who have gone through similar experiences. Consider joining support groups, online forums, or social media groups to connect with other parents. Sharing your experiences, fears, and emotions with others who understand what you’re going through can help you feel less alone and anxious. I still call my nurse friends when my kids have a weird rash, or something else I need advice on.

Recognizing that Asking for Help is a Strength

Understand that asking for help is a strength. Whether it’s from a healthcare professional, a family member, or a friend, accepting assistance is an important part of being a parent. As a nurse, I constantly asked my co-workers for help in difficult situations. This made me a better caregiver, it also kept my patients safer.

Woman thinking. Learning how to follow your intuition is a large part of trusting yourself.

Trust yourself by Listening to Your Intuition

As a parent, you have a unique connection with your child that goes beyond words and logic. You are the world’s leading expert on your kid! Your intuition, or gut feeling, is invaluable when making crucial decisions. Trusting your instincts means paying attention to that inner voice that guides you, even when it may not align with what others say or read online. Be brave and be confident!

Recognizing and Trusting Your Instincts

It’s important to remember that you are your child’s best advocate and know them better than anyone else. Trusting your instincts involves recognizing and honoring your parental intuition. This means paying attention to your experience and gut feelings. These internal instincts will guide you when assessing your child’s symptoms, communicating with healthcare professionals, and making decisions about their care.

How Intuition Can Guide You in Making Decisions for Your Child’s Health

Intuition is a powerful tool in making decisions about your child’s health. It can provide you with insights beyond what a 15-minute appointment reveals. Your intuition can help you sense when something is not quite right. You have the unique experience to judge what is or what is not normal for your child.

Balancing your approach

By listening to and trusting your intuition, you can tap into your innate parental instincts and make decisions that align with your child’s unique needs and circumstances. However, it’s important to note that intuition should be used in synergy with professional medical advice, and not as a substitute for evidence-based care.

Woman taking a moment to deep breath.

Parents who take good care of themselves, trust themselves

Taking care of your own needs is not selfish, it is essential. When you neglect your own well-being, it can lead to stress, anxiety, and burnout. This can affect your ability to care for your child. By prioritizing self-care, you are not only taking care of your needs but also setting yourself up for successful parenting.

Pay Attention to Your Physical and Mental Well-being

There are many ways to take care of your physical and mental health. Some simple examples include getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and engaging in regular exercise or physical activity. For mental health, consider mindfulness practices such as meditation and deep breathing, or simply taking some time to relax and unwind each day. Remember, self-care doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive, small changes can have a big impact.

Prioritizing Self-Care

Self-care can help you manage stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and increase your energy levels. By making self-care a priority, you can be more present and engaged in your child’s life

What can you do to prioritize self-care?

  • Set boundaries
  • Say no to extra commitments
  • Schedule self-care activities into your calendar.
  1. Accept that Kids get sick, despite all precautions
    • Understand that kids are going to get sick no matter how careful you are
    • Reframe your challenges as opportunities for growth and learning
    • Avoid feelings of defeat when another cold or flu virus strikes
  2. Learn from Past Experiences
    • Reflect on previous experiences of caring for a sick child or even yourself
    • Identify what worked and what didn’t
    • Feel more prepared and confident for future situations

Trusting yourself to care for your sick child

  • Trust Yourself to Understand: Build confidence that you can meet your child’s needs.
  • Trust Yourself to Adapt: Know that you can grow and learn new things, even when its challenging
  • Trust Yourself to Advocate: Have confidence that you can speak up when necessary.
  • Trust Yourself to Innovate: Develop confidence in finding creative ways to comfort your child.
  • Trust Yourself to Nurture: Nurturing is what parents do naturally. Tap into those instincts.
  • Trust yourself to make the best decisions: You know what is best for your child! Educate yourself and go with your gut.

Final Thoughts

Building your confidence when caring for their sick children will make your life easier as a parent. Trusting yourself and your intuition can go a long way in figuring out what to do when your kid gets sick. Doing something unfamiliar is not always an easy task, and it’s okay to have doubts and seek guidance from healthcare professionals and other parents.

Remember, confidence doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a journey that requires patience, resilience, and self-care. Be gentle with yourself, and embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and learning. With time and practice, you’ll be better equipped to handle any obstacles that come your way.

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