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For kids

  • The RCH Be Positive (B+)

    The Be Positive (B+) website  

    • B+ host Siobhan and her two lovable friends, Jazz and Rocco, are here to help you learn and understand more about hospital, and what happens here 
    • Meet the different people that look after you during your stay, learn about the technology that helps you get better, and discover what makes RCH a great hospital
    • Watch B+ episodes any time on RCH TV, or watch these video clips on the website above

    Meg Foundation for Pain

    Meg Foundation Website

    • Fantastic interactive website developed specifically to empower families with the pain management strategies, skills, and support they need to prevent and reduce pain
    • Has different sections and resources for different age groups including adults
    • Highly recommended !

    Raising Children's Network

    Going to hospital: common concerns for children & teenagers

    • Help young children cope with going to hospital by reading stories, visiting the hospital beforehand and sticking to routines.
    • Help teenagers cope by giving honest information and helping them stay connected to family and friends.
    • Siblings might have concerns too. Try to make sure they stay connected with their brother or sister in hospital.

    B sweet to babies

    The B sweet to babies website

    • Helpful videos demonstrating how to ease infant pain during painful procedures, thanks to the CHEO's "Be sweet to babies research team and the Ottawa School of Nursing. RCH acknowledges the work of Dr Denise Harrison (RN PhD and ex RCH) and the CHEO team as evidence based and best practice.

    Okee in medical imaging app

    Okee in Medical Imaging

    • Coming to hospital for a medical imaging appointment and not sure what to expect? We hope that through the games and information in this app, you and your family will feel more comfortable with everything that will happen at your appointment – as well as having a whole lot of fun with your new friends!

    How can I use breathing to help reduce pain?

    Helping toddlers and pre-school with breathing and relaxation activities

    • Practice with the toddler or young child to blow bubbles or windmill
    • Pre-school/school age child may pretend to "blow candles" out of an imaginary cake.
    • Ask children questions about the type of cake, theme on the cake, number of candles etc.
    • Coach the child to take big belly breathes, ask the child to place their hand on belly and breathe in slowly and out making the sound SHHH.

    Five coping activities for children ages 7–11 years from Zoobie TM    

    The five coping strategies are designed to assist children to deal with anxiety producing situations such as tests and procedures. The right preparation can make the experience more positive and rewarding. 

      Adolescent

    Pain, pain go away: helping children with pain

    This booklet provides an explanation of how children experience pain, how to provide relief, and how to prevent further fear and distress. This resource comes from RCH's Acute Pain Management Service, together with Pain Specialists from Canada. It is useful for both parents and health professionals wishing to learn more about children's pain.  

    Pain go away