At Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, we understand that it’s not easy being a hospitalized child or an anxious parent and/or guardian. That why we do everything we can to provide you and your child with a safe, caring and nurturing environment to make your stay here as comfortable as possible.
During your child’s hospital visit, he or she may undergo a painful or uncomfortable procedure. Our expert care team is dedicated to relieving pain and discomfort in a variety of way and will make every effort to keep your child as content as possible.
Pain management is the right of every child. Parents and/or guardians should work with the doctors and nurses to help plan the best pain management for your child. Methods to relieve pain can be divided into two categories: pharmacological (with medicine) or non-pharmacological (without medicine).
In an effort to further reduce pain, anxiety and discomfort for our youngest patients, our A+ Care program is a pain management combined approach of pharmacological and non-pharmacological care designed to provide patients and their families with the necessary tools to collaborate with their caregiver team, and plan for and manage any pain that might occur during the child’s treatment.
The A+ Care approach:
Doctors and nurses – in consultation with the parent and/or guardian may choose to lessen the pain by using medicines in a variety of forms. They may use a tablet or liquid taken by mouth, or an injection into the skin or muscle, or through a small tube called an intravenous (IV) catheter, placed into a vein.
Giving your child some control or input during his or her treatment can help in reducing pain. One example of this is providing your child with the opportunity to help make decisions concerning his or her treatment. Other effective ways to manage pain without medicine are described below:
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