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Care for Comfort and Support
Comer Child Life & Family Education Program
  How You Can Help ...
  Your Child's Exam  
  Comfort and reassure your child during the exam.
Encourage feedings -it's okay to cry.
Be honest. Explain what's going to happen.
Provide your child with realistic choices when possible.
  Blood Tests  
  Where does your child want to sit?
Do they want to watch or look away?
Blow the hurt away Count Sing or talk
Hold a hand or toy Play I spy Tell a story
  Tell your child it's okay to cry or say ouch  
  Procedures or Surgery  
Prepare your child. It can help them cope and recover more quickly.
Child Life Specialists can help prepare you and your child by using teaching dolls, books, and medical equipment.
Tell your child the nurses and the doctors are here to help him or her.
Encourgae your child to ask the doctor, nurse, or Child Life Specialist questions.
  Your Child's Medical Experience:
How you Can Make a Difference
  Infants (Birth - 2 years)  
  Interruption to parent-child relationship
  Toddlers (2-3 years)  
  Separation anxiety -fear of strangers
Regression in skills (i.e. motor, language, toilet, etc. )
  Pre-Schoolers (3-5 years)  
  Anxiety aroused by fantasies or magical thinking (i.e. motor = punishment)
Fear of abandonment and needles.
  School -Age Children (6-12 years)  
  Fear loss of control
Disruption to daily living, school adn peers
  Teenagers (13-18 years)  
  Concern for body image and physical changes
Loss of control and privacy
Isolation from family, peers, and school


For more informaion contact the Child Life & Family Education Program at 773-702-6481
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The page started on 09/12/2013; updated on 09/14/2013