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How should you care for a sick child when co-parenting?

On Behalf of | Jul 18, 2022 | Family Law |

Having a sick child is hard on a parent, but having to try to co-parent in these situations can make it exponentially more difficult. It’s critical that both parents put their own wishes aside so they can do what’s best for the child who’s sick, as well as their other children. 

One of the most important things to remember is that your child’s health is much more important than a parenting time schedule. The schedule may have to change because of the child’s illness, but it can get back on track when they’re feeling better. 

Get medical care for the child

Some minor illnesses, such as the common cold, might not require much medical intervention. It’s sometimes best to have the child checked out even if the illness doesn’t seem serious. Co-parents should work with the child’s doctor to determine what’s best for the child. 

Communicate clearly

You and your ex should make sure that you’re sharing information about the child’s medical needs throughout the illness. This includes during the healing time when they might be able to return to a normal transition schedule. It might help to provide a written schedule for medications. 

Putting the child’s needs first is critical, especially when they’re sick. It may behoove some parents to have provisions for illnesses put into the parenting plan so they know exactly how these situations will be handled. Even if you have everything spelled out in the parenting plan, you and your ex may need to make some adjustments based on the situation — so be sure to remain flexible while your child isn’t feeling well. 

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