In the hospital your child will face many events that may make him or you feel stressed. Some of these include having a lumbar puncture or bone marrow aspirate, having an IV placed, having a blood pressure reading taken, or even having a nurse look at an ID armband.
Sometimes stressful events can cause patients to feel a lack of control. Some patients may struggle or become aggressive during these events. They might need help staying still. The large number of staff members needed to help can be overwhelming to a child. The use of comfort positions can help decrease the number of people needed to do a procedure. Using comfort positions can help your child feel more in control and successful. It can lead to a more positive experience and can create a positive routine for future stressful events.
The following are some comfort positions that can be used during stressful events:
For more ways to help your child cope during stressful events, see “Do you know… Preparing for surgery and other procedures.” If you have questions about comfort positions or about other ways to help your child cope, talk to your child life specialist. If you are away from the hospital, please call the Child Life department at 595-3020. If you are outside the Memphis area, dial toll-free 1-866-2STJUDE (1-866-278-5833), extension 3020.
This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.
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