Being a parent isn’t easy, especially when our children are sick. The weight of responsibility is huge and never-ending, but how often do parents take the time to think about their rights? Most guardians would hope they never encounter the dread and stress that goes with accompanying their child through a stay in the hospital.
There have been cases recently, where children with severe brain damage have been in the news, with facts and misinformation about the rights of a child’s parent right at the forefront of the public awareness. Brain Injury Solicitors ‘Your Legal Friend’ has set about researching the topic, when updating their FAQ section and have been in touch with bloggers to help put some myths to bed in this case.
Your baby may be your baby forever, but they are their own human, from the moment they are born and have their own rights separate to yours. As they get older, their involvement in medical decisions, their capacity to consent and their responsibilities as a patient will grow. However, as a parent, there are some things you can realistically expect.
· Be present while your child is being dealt with unless it would put you or them in danger (for instance, amid a surgery. Be there to give them cuddles and comfort. Let them know that they are not alone.
· Be permitted to sleep over with your child in the event that you need to. When Jimmy was recently in the hospital for 3 nights, we were well looked after. As a breastfeeding mum I was also fed.
· Have an opportunity to make inquiries about your kid’s care and receive plain answers. It’s not a bad thing to ask lots of questions!
· Be given names and contact details of someone you can contact with further questions.
· Be given info about all staff members who are associated with your child’s care.
· Be a member of the discussion about their treatment, with enough information on the positives, the cons, dangers, symptoms or any other treatment alternatives you could have.
· Be treated with consideration concerning any conduct you or your child show due to stress (within reason).
· Have all insights about you and your child kept private (aside from where the law expects it to be shared) and for any data to only be imparted with your consent.
· Be offered access to any data kept about your child and family.
· Be told if your child’s condition deteriorates or changes.
· Raise a complaint on the off chance that you are worried about the way you have been dealt with or that your child has been dealt with.
· Be given a reason and, when fitting, a statement of regret, if things don’t go to design.
· On the off chance that you think a specialist has acted carelessly when caring for your child, you can make a claim on behalf of your child.
Remember, your child needs you for love and support. It’s OK to be worried and scared, but let them know that they are not doing this alone.
*This post is in collaboration with Your Legal Friend.