It is NOT your fault that your brother or sister is sick.
Having a brother or sister spend time in the hospital is scary. Many siblings of sick children feel different after their brother or sister comes home from the hospital.
These are a few of the ways that kids say they feel when their brother or sister is very sick and in the hospital:
• Worried about their brother or sister
• Afraid about their own health
• Less important to their parents/guardians
• Jealous of their sick brother or sister
Having strong feelings after your brother or sister has been very sick is really common. If you are stressed about the way you feeling, or if you feel this way for many weeks after your brother or sister returns from the hospital, talk to someone you trust. This can be a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, friend, or whoever you think can help make you feel better.
It is important to remember:
Some things you can do to help yourself feel better:
For more information on coping with your brother or sister’s illness, visit The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia healthcare toolbox here.
The information provided on this website is not meant to diagnose or treat any mental or physical health condition. You should always consult your child’s pediatrician to develop the best care plan for your child. If you feel that your child or anyone in your family is having trouble coping after a critical illness contact your doctor right away.