SIBLINGS

When a child is ill or injured, siblings generally react in very positive ways and often are happy to help. However, they can still have trouble adjusting and will need support to cope. 

When a child is ill or injured, siblings generally react in very positive ways and often are happy to help. However, they can still have trouble adjusting and will need support to cope. 

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Being the sibling of an ill or injured child is a unique experience. Children might feel confused, upset, afraid, numb or worried. They will need time to adjust to their brother’s/sister’s medical needs and treatment, and to changes in the family routine.

If you have to be at the hospital with your child who is ill, siblings will miss you and may not understand what happened to their brother/sister. They might want to help out, but not know what to do. They may also feel angry, jealous or even guilty. For example, it is common for a sibling to sometimes feel jealous of the extra time that a caregiver spends with their brother/sister who is going through treatment.

What are the signs your child isn’t coping well and how can you help? Depending on their age, your healthy child may react in similar ways to your ill or injured child.

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