Top Paramus, NJ Pectus
Honors Mental Health
If your child is chronically ill, the nerve-eating stress
can be unbearable.
In recognition of Stress Awareness Month -
April - and Mental Health Awareness Month
- May - the Center of Excellence for Pectus
now honors those children and families
whose lives have been turned upside down
by the impact of chronic illness.
The medical practice, led by board-certified pediatric surgeon Dr. Barry E. LoSasso, M.D.,
one of the world’s leading physicians for treating pectus excavatum, has begun an awareness
campaign for mental health issues surrounding children suffering from illness.
Dr. LoSasso, who served as the Director of
Trauma Services at Rady Children's Hospital in
San Diego for several years, regularly sees the
stress you and all caregivers can experience
when your child has a serious condition or is
about to undergo surgery.
Almost 80% percent of Americans claim that they experience physical
symptoms as a result of stress and nearly half of adults cite stress for
adversely impacting their personal and professional lives.
A child's illness can exacerbate
these symptoms significantly, and
it is in everyone's interest to
devise appropriate coping
Based on his experience, Dr. LoSasso recommends a number of steps that
should be taken by parents and caregivers trying to effectively manage their
own stress levels when tending to an ailing child.
Critically, people should work to avoid
external stimulants: a short-term crutch
has a longer-lasting, detrimental effect on
that individual’s well-being and capacity to
be ‘present’ for the child.
In addition to proper nutrition and plenty of sunshine, parents
and caregivers are advised to accept help - willingly and
gratefully - from family and loved ones.
By the same token, it is vital that
caregivers simply take care of
themselves - this, too, is what the
suffering child needs.
With over 1000 successful pectus excavatum surgeries completed, Dr. LoSasso - with
one of the only centers t