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Parents/carers can make a difference during their child's
procedures, please use the fact sheet as a guide to what can be
done to make the child's procedure more comfortable. Ask the staff
what choices are available to you and child, ask staff to support
the techniques the child uses to cope with procedures, don't be shy
to advocate on behalf of your child.
Provide comfort measures to the child by offering alternatives
such as a toy, reading a book, holding a hand, sitting on your knee
or lap while the procedure is being done.
Praise your child's efforts, try not to scold or punish the
child for being scared or anxious during a test/procedure. It is
normal for children to feel " scared" about a hospital, equipment
With a little creativity, these positions can be adapted to suit
the child or procedure, isolating the body / extremity that is
needed while allowing for ease and safe access. Using the
concept of a " hugging hold' which is secure and comforting to
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