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Parents/carers can make a difference during their child's procedures, the resources above can help guide what can be done to make the child's procedure more comfortable.
Ask the staff what choices are available to you and your 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 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 the 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.
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
Pre-Admission Resource Centre (PARC) is a family-centred service available to all surgical patients, to prepare them for elective surgery.
The Pre Admission Resource staff are available Monday - Friday during 0800 - 1630 on 9345 4193 or 9345 4115. Alternatively, if you are in the hospital PARC staff can be contactable by speaking to the staff at Reception J, 3rd floor.
Potential benefits from attending the clinic include:
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