Advice from the American Cancer Society on explaining cancer to a child
WHAT HELPS, BY AGE OF CHILD
Infants or very young children
- Keep the baby or child near the parents or a trusted adult who is a regular part of the child’s life, if possible.
- Have a parent or trusted adult who is a regular part of the child’s life spend time with the baby or child daily.
- When the parent must be in the hospital, caregivers can use video, phone, and other means so the child can see and hear their parent in real time.
- Get your relatives, nanny, or day care providers to help keep the baby or child’s routine.
- Record lullabies, stories, and messages when the parent with cancer can’t be at home.
- Offer frequent reassurance to toddlers when a parent is away for short times that Mommy or Daddy will soon be back.
- Cuddle and hug them often.