The overall aim is to help the child or young person with CFS to gradually resume normal activities. There has been some controversy about how best to treat children with CFS.
Research looking at various approaches to treatment suggest a combination of approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy, and do not specifically support any one type of treatment. A programme of gradually increasing gentle activity can help to rebuild your child's muscles and fitness.
Family or individual talking therapy can help in overcoming depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, poor motivation, or family and relationship problems. It is also important to look at ways of getting your child to continue their education by speaking to the school/teachers.
Although it can be hard to know when and how to encourage your child and when to comfort them, it is important to try to maintain a supportive and positive outlook.
You may find expert advice from your child’s paediatrician, child psychiatrist and CAMHS team, and education staff helpful.
It is also a good idea for everyone involved in helping your child with CFS to meet together to talk about progress from time to time. This allows everyone to share ideas about the best ways forward - physical, psychological and educational.
Working as a team is important and a regular review of progress is essential.
Research looking at how children recover has shown that the majority of severely affected children make a complete recovery, and others improve sufficiently to lead near normal lives.