Helping Your Child Cope

A kidney transplant changes the life of your child and family. You may ask:

  • What does my child know or understand about his kidney transplant?
  • How will my child feel about treatment?
  • How can I support my child before, during and after his kidney transplant?

Your child’s personality, age, support system and treatment will affect how he copes with having a kidney transplant. When children are faced with stress, their normal behaviors may change. They may become more dependent on adults and act younger than their age. Your child may not know how to handle his feelings. You know how your child handles stress. Work with your child’s healthcare team to find new ways to help your child cope. Child life specialists can also help.