Empowering families to prevent and relieve pain.

Resources

We are hard at work developing our interactive technology platform that will make it really easy to find exactly what YOU need to feel better and more in control when it comes to pain. In the meantime, we still want you to have access to the good resources that are already out there. Check back often as we will be adding new resources continuously!

 

Resources for Kids (and parents!)

This video is designed for kids and parent to watch together to better understand how pain works, so they can better control over their body, and their experience! It describes strategies for helping kids, families, and providers better manage needle pain. There is a Game Plan that goes along with the video you get by clicking HERE. While you can watch this video anytime, it can be helpful to watch it a few days before a needle procedure to give you time to discuss it, make a plan with your child, and do some practice.

 
 
 

Este video está diseñado para que los niños y los padres lo vean juntos para comprender mejor cómo funciona el dolor, para que puedan controlar mejor su cuerpo y su experiencia. Describe las estrategias para ayudar a los niños, las familias y los proveedores a controlar mejor el dolor por agujas. Hay un plan de juego que acompaña al video que obtienes al hacer clic AQUÍ. Si bien puede ver este video en cualquier momento, puede ser útil verlo unos días antes de un procedimiento con aguja para darle tiempo para hablar sobre él, hacer un plan con su hijo y practicar un poco.

 
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Resources for Parents

 
 
 

For a clear, researched based guideline flyer developed for parents by the experts at SickKids hospital, click on the image!

 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has a great guide to Comfort Positions you can see when you click this image. Children should never be held down for any procedure, and this guide shows you good options for how a parent can hold a child comfortably and safely. THIS guide from Children’s Hospital Minnesota can also be useful.

 

For a clear, concise brochure on pain management specifically for infants and babies, click HERE.

The Magic Glove is a Hypnotic Pain Management technique to reduce pain sensation and anxiety for children having a needle procedure. Children have rich imaginations and hypnosis is widely used to ease pain during medical procedures. Dr. Leora Kuttner is pioneer in the field of pain management. Her demonstration below of the Magic Glove technique is great example of the amazing capacity of imagination and the mind to bring comfort.  

Internationally renowned pain expert Dr. Leora Kuttner made this groundbreaking film about the power of hypnosis and pain management, entitled No Fears, No Tears in the 1980's. It is a great introduction to the power of hypnosis, pain management, and empowering children and families.

Resources for Medical Providers

 

Click on the image for a quick, clear, evidence based clinician guide. This brochure was developed by SickKids Hospital.

 

Efficient summary article from the Canadian Medical Association outlining the recommendations for procedural pain clinical protocols, including evidence summary. This also reflects the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the American Pain Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and nearly every other pediatric organization in the world.

 

Want to learn more? SickKids Hospital in Toronto has a wonderful, evidence based online course on pediatric pain that is available online. Click on the image or here to access it.

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Useful articles

 

New York Times: Taking the Pain Out of Children’s Shots

Pediatric pain specialists believe that reducing the pain associated with needles can lead to better health care.

 

NPR:

How To Help Kids Overcome Their Fear Of Doctors And Shots

 
 

BBC: Gently stroking babies 'provides pain relief'

New York Times: Managing Children’s Pain After Surgery

We’ve come a long way from the days when surgeons were taught that infants’ nervous systems were too undeveloped to feel pain.