Having a child with birth defects can be difficult. A child is a big enough responsibility as it is, and a severe defect adds to the responsibility. You want to care for your baby to the best of your ability. Here are some tips on how to care for a baby with severe birth defects.

Educate Yourself

To best care for your child, you need to take the time to learn about your child's condition. You can start by talking to your doctor and your child’s pediatrician. They should be able to give you some information on what the condition is and how you might have to change your lifestyle to accommodate your child’s needs.

You can—and should—also do your own independent research. The more you know, the more you will be able to anticipate before it happens. With more information, you will also learn how to be sensitive toward the condition.

Prepare Your Home

Depending on your child’s condition, they may not be able to move around the home as a normal child when they get older. You need to be prepared. Ensure that your child will be able to move around your home comfortably. They may also require special equipment, such as a wheelchair. Get these things early.

You also need to make sure your home is set up to be accessible. For example, if your child will require a wheelchair, hallways and doorways should be 36 inches wide. While they’re an infant, you have time to prepare your home for what they’ll need in the future.

Get Support

Having a child with a disability can be stressful. It's okay to admit that you are frustrated or overwhelmed at times. It is a good idea to have a support system there for you to lean on when things get difficult. Friends and family can be very helpful, especially when you just need somebody to lend an ear.

You can also choose to go to a support group. You can likely find groups or forums that specifically focus on helping those with certain conditions and their families.

Get Your Child Financial Care

It is expensive to care for a child with a birth defect. They may need special care or special equipment. This doesn't even include medical expenses that will come up. In many cases, your child is entitled to financial compensation to help with care. You may also want to file a malpractice suit if the disability was the fault of a doctor or a nurse. Talk to a birth defect attorney to go over your case. They can help you take the next steps from there.

Even with a defect, your child is a blessing. You want them to be properly cared for and comfortable. They will already have a hard enough life due to their disability. Get them everything you can to help them make the most out of their life. Most children with defects can still live a happy, productive life with the right tools.

Author's Bio: 

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University and now enjoys writing about health, business, and family. A mother of two wonderful children, she loves traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can find her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.