Assess child for feelings about multiple restrictions in lifestyle, chronic illness, difficulty in school and social situations, inability to keep up with peers and participate in activities.
Encourage expression of feelings and concerns and support communications with parents, teachers, and peers.
Avoid negative comments and stress positive activities and accomplishments.
Note withdrawal behavior and signs of depression.
Show support and acceptance of changes in appearance of child; provide privacy as needed.
Provides information about status of self-concept and body image that require special attention.
Provides opportunity to vent feelings and reduce negative feelings about changes in appearance.
Enhances body image and confidence.
Reveals responses to body image changes and possible poor adjustment to changes.
Reveals side effects of steroid therapy and disease manifestations that affect body image.
Promotes trust and demonstrates respect for child.
Teach parents to maintain support for child.
Encourage parents to be flexible in care of child and to integrate care and routines so child may participate in peer activity.
Assist parents and child to deal with peer and school perceptions of appearance and to tell others about change in appearance.
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