Learning that your newborn baby has a visible difference can be a shock, whether you have known about it for a long time or not.
Some new parents find the following Changing Faces guide quite helpful:
It would be really interesting to hear from any parents who have a child with a visible difference, whether acquired or congenital... We run several parent groups and some of the themes that parents are really keen to share ideas on are:
- what support they received/felt was missing
- how (or if) others talked to their child about their difference
- how decisions about surgery were made
- how to help their children's self-esteem and body image
- preparing for school
- dealing with appearance-related bullying and teasing...