For kids

  • Helpful information  

    Useful resources for preparing your child:

    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

    B sweet to babies

    The B sweet to babies website

    • Helpful videos demonstrating how to ease infant pain during painful procedures, thakns 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.

    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