As a special needs parent, you know that when when special needs come into play, life as you know it changes. Just like that, you have to think twice about every choice that you make. The chances are that, since bringing your youngster home, you’ve made all manner of changes. And, there’s no denying that your efforts until now have served you well. You and your little one are still here and healthy, after all.
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Still, no matter how many years you’ve lived with special needs, there are always new things to learn. I don’t have to tell you that life with special needs can be a bit of a roller coaster ride. One minute you think you’ve got it together, and the next your efforts come tumbling down. You may even find that household habits which weren’t a problem when your child was a baby become issues over time.
For example, when our daughter began having severe digestive issues, our whole approach to life was turned upside down. Suddenly we had to read labels, count meds, and plan our outings around feeding times.
For the most part, special needs parents do whatever it takes to meet the needs of their child. I know full well that sometimes even the best laid plans can require tweaking. So today, we’re going to look at three common issues you may not realize your child needs you to stop at home. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Using strong chemicals
The majority of us don’t think twice about strong household chemicals. I used to love bleach and use it on every surface in our home. You may even have started using chemicals like these more after your child’s diagnosis. I know that I did. I mean let’s face it, kiddos with sensory issues tend to touch everything. Am I right?
In reality, though, my efforts were actually doing more harm than good. Special needs often come hand in hand with allergies. Harsh chemicals can exacerbate this. While my use of bleach was great for keeping bacteria at bay, it was not great for my son with Cystic Fibrosis who happens to get triggered by the chlorine in bleach. I had to start looking for gentler alternatives. Something like this natural detergent for laundry could work wonders for your child’s rashes and itching. The same can be said for switching everything from your floor cleaner to your side spray.
Using one chopping board
While we’re on the subject of allergies, your child could benefit from your using more than one chopping board in the kitchen. When our daughter was diagnosed with food allergies, I did not realize that she could be so sensitive. We could not seem to clear up her digestive flare ups until we realized that the community cutting board may just be the culprit. Now she has her own.
We found out the hard way that one chopping board is never a good idea. Instead, you should aim to arrange your food. Keep one board for meat, another for vegetables, and so on. Or, even do like we did, and have one board just the person with allergies. This frees you to notice and remove problem foods in a way you’ll never be able to otherwise.
Making a lot of noise
We’re all guilty of making too much noise at home sometimes. It may be that you like your music or television to be cranked up high. We are guilty of this one, and our daughter couldn’t sleep at night. By turning down the volume or watching TV in a different room, we cured the sleeping issues. And, of course by default we cured the morning battles.
If you’re parenting through divorce or relationship issues, you may even be in the bad habit of arguing loudly at home. But, noise needs to stop if you want to keep your child happy. Often, the brains of those with special needs are sensitive to external stimulus. That means your household noise could be incredibly overwhelming for your little one. That can lead to distress, behavioral problems, and much more. So, start turning the television down at least a few notches and keep arguments clear of the house. You may find that your child thrives as a result.