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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 and staff.
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 child.
This site is dedicated to providing quality, up-to-date health information. Our fact sheets have been developed for parents and adolescents, and cover pertinent topics about medical conditions and the services available at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
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