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Making virtual visitation work when your child is sick

On Behalf of | May 24, 2024 | Child Custody & Support |

When your child is sick and they’re with their other parent, you may feel helpless. Thankfully, virtual visitation can be a helpful tool in these circumstances, allowing you to stay connected with your child as they navigate their health challenges.

With that said, virtual visitations shouldn’t necessarily progress as “business as usual” when your child is under the weather. By being thoughtful about your approach, you can make this opportunity work for your child despite their discomfort and physical limitations.

Comfort and creative connection

First and foremost, ensure that the virtual visitation sessions are comfortable for your child. A sick child may not have the energy for long conversations or activities. Be flexible with the timing and duration of the calls. If your child needs to rest, it’s okay to keep the visit short or reschedule for a time when they feel better. Always prioritize their health and comfort.

When a child is sick, engaging in low-energy activities can help you to avoid overwhelming them. Reading stories together can be a soothing activity. Watching a movie or a favorite TV show simultaneously while video chatting can also be comforting and provide a shared experience without requiring too much interaction.

Expressing empathy and understanding is also important when your child is sick. Listen to their feelings and offer comfort and reassurance. Sometimes, just being a calming presence on the other end of the video call can make a big difference. Acknowledge their discomfort and let them know you’re there for them, even if it’s from a distance.

Finally, understand that when a child is sick, their needs and moods can change quickly. Be patient and flexible with virtual visitation plans. If your child is too tired or uncomfortable to participate, it’s important to be understanding and supportive. Reschedule the visit if necessary and reassure your child that you’ll connect again soon.

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