Five Tips for Dealing With a Down Syndrome Diagnosis

So it’s actually happened, your doctor’s diagnosis is for a Down syndrome baby. What you never thought would happened has actually happened. For so long, you looked forward to that perfect baby who you could share your life with. During your pregnancy, you spent an endless amount of time looking at baby clothes, baby furniture and dreaming about what your child’s life would be like. But then you are told that your baby has Down syndrome. What do you do now? What does this mean? It is normal to feel a wide range of emotions at this time. Many parents feel grief over the loss of the child they expected to have (and then often feel guilty over their grief).

1. Dealing with Your Emotions

The number one rule for accepting a diagnosis of Down syndrome is to realize that all of your emotions are valid. You probably feel pretty overwhelmed by all this new information; perhaps you are afraid and feel alone. You may feel a sense of shock, disbelief and guilt. Any expectant mom will have all kinds of thoughts, hopes and expectations during even a normal pregnancy. Now add to that the unexpected turn as your doctor tells you that your fetus has down syndrome support and it can all be overwhelming. But trying to deny these feelings, or getting mad at yourself for having them, will get you nowhere. You need to just have the feelings and try to process them as best you can as they come along. You may be full of conflicting emotions for a while, but eventually things will calm down, and you will gain a sense of clarity. You need to give yourself some time to grieve.

2. Finding Accurate Information

The second thing that you can do to help yourself accept a diagnosis of Down syndrome is to educate yourself. The best thing you can do is to talk to other parents of Down syndrome kids, who can answer your questions and give you support. Or talk to your doctor and try to gather all the information you can from him or her. At this point, getting information and support from someone, in person, can be very comforting and can help you process your feelings.

3. Helping Your Children Adapt

Kids are pretty resilient and accepting. They will most likely just see the new baby as exciting and someone to love. You should give them age appropriate information about Down syndrome, and explain more to them as they get older. But do try to be honest with them about the baby, or else they will most likely sense that you are not being honest and resent it.

4. Spouses

A diagnosis of Down syndrome can be hard on couples. The two parents may have very different ways of reacting to and dealing with the news. Your emotional responses may be different. It is important not to blame each other if you feel like you don’t see things eye-to-eye and you are processing the news differently. Your spouse may not be as much support as you would like them to be while they are working out the news in their own way. So, try to be patient with them, and try to find a different source of support in the mean time.

5. Other Ideas

One thing that can be invaluable is to try to focus all your time just taking care of your new baby and not worrying so much about his or her future. All babies need the typical care, being fed, bathed, getting new diapers, being cuddled and loved. Once you start to spend some time with your baby and know them as a baby first and someone with a disorder second, you might find that your thoughts have more perspective.

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