Take Care of Yourself

The parents of children with inhibitors are incredibly loving and devoted when it comes to caring for the health of their children.

But, if you're one of those parents, you should be just as devoted to caring for your own health.

It's the best way to make sure you're able to give your child the best help you can.

What does this mean? It means that you should pay just as close attention to the basic things that affect your health — diet, fitness, and mood — as you do to the basic things that affect your child's health.

Eat Right3

Eating a healthy, balanced diet not only helps you to feel better, it is a great example for your child. Plus, it's one of the best ways to help your child stay healthy and recover quickly.

Exercise3

Regular exercise is one of the best ways to keep yourself healthy, reduce stress, and improve your mood. If you exercise with your child — hiking, biking, or playing games — it's also a healthy way to bond.

Rest3

Sometimes it's hard to get enough sleep as a parent. But, getting good sleep boosts energy, improves immune function, and helps with mood. Seven to eight hours a night is good for most people.

Clearing Your Mind

Sometimes people have trouble sleeping if they have a lot of stress or worries. And, of course, raising a child with hemophilia and inhibitors isn't always easy.

Talk to a friend or counselor, treat yourself to coffee, toss a football, go for a run, watch a film, go to a spa, play your favorite music, meditate, practice yoga or tai chi, read a great book, or… just take a nap.

Whatever you do — if you're stressed, worried, sad, feeling guilty, or just upset — take action to feel better. Don't just wait or hope to feel better later.