If your child has a serious, potentially life-limiting condition it can impact the whole family and may also include extended family, classmates, and friends.
Keep in Mind
A serious, potentially life-limiting illness presents unique challenges in caring for the children and their families. Family caregivers usually make the medical decisions on behalf of children. Children's palliative care providers are aware of the continuing physical, emotional and cognitive development, and try to adjust their approach to the child's level of understanding.
As with adult patients, the main goal of Palliative Care for Children (PDF) is to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This allows your child to continue and grow and develop at the same time as they receive other treatments for their illness and does not depend upon the course of the disease.