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Helping care for your child in the PICU


In the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), the lines, tubes, and wires may keep you from feeling like you can help care for your child. Many family members enjoy being involved in some of the important activities listed below.

Please tell the nurse which activities you would like to help with, and the staff will work with you on these. If there is something you want to do that is not on the list, please let the nurse know.

  •        Hair care
  •        Suctioning mouth
  •        Getting dressed
  •        Brushing teeth
  •        Washing face
  •        Diaper change or helping with bathroom
  •        Bath
  •        Putting on lotion
  •        Feeding by mouth
  •        Manual chest PT (helping clear the child’s airway)
  •        Applying splints
  •        Range of motion exercises
  •        Therapeutic play
  •        Walking
  •        Holding your child
  •        Deep breathing exercises
  •        Turning in bed
  •        Helping to get out of bed
  •        Infant or child massage


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.

St. Jude complies with health care-related federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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