For kids

  • Have a say about how you would like your procedure to happen

    The RCH Be Positive (Be+)

    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.
    • A child's guide to hospital videos explain common hospital procedures from the perspective of real children who are having them done.

    Meg Foundation for Pain

    Meg Foundation Website

    • This fantastic interactive website was developed specifically to empower children and families with the pain management strategies, skills, and support they need to prevent and reduce pain.
    • There are different sections and resources for different age groups including adults!
    • Highly recommended for all ages.

    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!

    Use breathing to help reduce pain and worry

    Breathing for comfort tip sheet
    Breathing and relaxation strategies - A guide for teenagers

    • 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 breaths, 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.