Handicaps can be mental or physical, and one would not be better or worse off than another. Young children with mental handicaps as well as physical handicaps are hard to handle as they are still learning about the process while they are socializing as well. It can be hard on the parent or the caregiver when it comes to managing their own workload and also care for the child in a proper and lovable manner. So here are some basic ideas on facing the challenges of caring for a handicapped child.
Taking care of the meals
When managing the mealtime table, there will always be the issue of handling the food and the child feeding himself or herself. This matter comes up whether it is a physical or mental handicap. Usually a physical handicap will make the child have problems with chewing, handling the cutlery, swallowing, sucking, and even digesting food. Usually for the case of physical handicaps, you can get special equipment from home care nurse centers or get suggestions from an occupational therapist that will allow your child more convenience and ease when eating and drinking.
If the child cannot digest some types of food and such, then consult your doctor for the types of food that are healthy. A dietician will be able to help you identify the types of foods and meal specifications that are good for your child.
Daily activities of your child
Your child will not be able to manage their daily needs and activities as a normal child would. You will need to have home care services for your child if you cannot stay with your child for the whole day. Your child will not be able to express himself or herself properly, and the will have difficulty doing what they want. In common scenarios they will fall into a mental regression or depression if they observe other children doing something that they are unable to do. This is especially common in the case where a handicapped child lives with a physically able sibling.
A physical therapist or language therapists can help your child with regard to movement of mouth and physical handicaps. Your child will have an easier time when they are able to control their limbs and muscles voluntarily. In the case of mental handicaps, you will need to make appointments as is advised with a psychiatrist or a psychologist and make sure to stick to those appointments. Before your own conveniences, your child will have to be prioritized. A psychiatrist will also be able to help your child move away from depression and self-regression as they grow older (which is a commonly observed scenario).