About Comfort Kids

  • The philosophy of RCH Comfort Kids Program 

    "It's everyone's business to minimise pain, distress and anxiety during routine procedures"

    The Comfort Kids Program provides education, mentorship, and training in the areas of procedural sedation and the non pharmacological management of procedural pain and distress. The program aims to identify strategies to support sustainable practice and promote cultural change in procedural pain management.  

    The approach adopted by the healthcare team, enables the child and family to understand their environment and cope with interventions. Providing comfort measures can be done by any healthcare professional. Research shows that when a child is engaged, they are able to use coping strategies during procedures. Through leadership by PPM practitioners and modelling by the healthcare team, parents are better informed to help their child.

    The core principles of Procedural Pain Management

    • Positioning for comfort - upright positioning for procedures, empower the child and promote comfort
    • Distraction - activities, toys, books, media, music, guided imagery, relaxation and breathing
    • Preparation - parent and child for both the procedure and available coping strategies
    • Language - developmentally appropriate words, positive coping language,explain procedure steps 
    • Pharmacology - procedural sedation agents oral, IV and inhaled, topical local anaesthetic agents and analgesia
    • Sucrose - administered to infants and children up to 18 months of age

    sucrose_v Positioning For Comfort pic C Woolworths logo

    Program funding is proudly sponsored by the Staff of Woolworths