Navigating an unfamiliar world - Parents' experiences of having a child with post COVID-19.

Angelhoff C, Duchen K, Ertzgaard P, Rytterström P

J Pediatr Nurs - (-) - [2024-05-24; online 2024-05-24]

Post COVID-19 diagnosis in children has been difficult as there has been a lack of knowledge within the healthcare system, leading to uncertainty concerning how these children should be assessed and treated. To understand the aspects of how parents experience seeking care for their child with an array of symptoms and how the child's symptoms affect their everyday life and family situation, we need to listen to the parents' stories about having a child living with post COVID-19. To describe parents' experiences of seeking professional care for their child with post COVID-19 symptoms and what kinds of impacts there are on their children's daily life. A qualitative study with an inductive and exploratory approach including seventeen parents of children with post COVID-19. Face-to-face interviews were conducted between October 2022 and March 2023 and analyzed with thematic analysis. The findings describe how the parents' constant struggle for their child and how the child's symptoms affect their daily life and their family situation in three themes: Navigating the unknown, Navigating life with post COVID-19, and Navigating between fear and hope for an uncertain future. This study corroborates the parents' struggle for acceptance of the children's problems in the health system. It is important that health care focuses on the everyday world and the problems that the child and parents express to understand the family's perspective and the problems that arise in everyday life.

Category: Health

Category: Post-COVID

Category: Social Science & Humanities

Type: Journal article

PubMed 38796360

DOI 10.1016/j.pedn.2024.05.023

Crossref 10.1016/j.pedn.2024.05.023

pii: S0882-5963(24)00205-7

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