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Care of sick children: what nurses need to know when calming anxious parents

Parental anxiety can transfer to a sick child, so parents need to feel supported and calm

Parental anxiety can transfer to a sick child, so parents need to feel supported and calm, but what is the best way for nurses to do that?

  • Emergency department attendances of children up to the age of 5 has increased by 24% in England over the past six years
  • Parents’ concerns about children’s well-being is increasing and nurses can be a key source of reassurance and advice
  • Parental anxiety can often stem from a lack of information, but it is also advisable not to overload

Caring for sick children often means managing their parents as well. Seeing their child unwell or injured can create degrees of anxiety in parents, frequently made worse by

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