Decisions about your child’s care are made with the best interests of your child in mind.
When your child has a heart condition that can be repaired through surgery with low risk and a good outcome, the decision to undergo surgery can be easier. You may want to learn more and explore your options before choosing a hospital for your child’s surgery.
But what if the treatment has a high risk of your child experiencing ongoing pain or disability?
When you make difficult decisions about your child’s medical care, it’s important to consider how your personal values, wishes, or beliefs impact your choices.
Your care team can help you evaluate your options, but different providers vary greatly on how much they will guide you in the decision-making process. Some physicians may tell you when they strongly favor a decision, while others will only explain the options and let you consider the best direction of care. Either way, the choices you make about treatment are ultimately intensely personal decisions.
When you have a big decision to make, be sure that you understand the information that will guide your decision. Think about the goals you have for your child and work with your physicians to create a plan of care.