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Advice for Patients
Sep 2011

How Parents Can Help Children Cope With Procedures and Pain

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(9):872. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.157

Sometimes when a child is sick or hurt, it is necessary for physicians to do a procedure. The purpose of some procedures is to get more medical information ; examples include doing a blood draw using a needle or collecting urine through a plastic tube called a catheter that goes into your child's urethra. The purpose of other procedures is for a treatment, such as putting in stitches for a cut or giving a shot of medicine through a needle.

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It can be very difficult as a parent to see your child have pain from a procedure. Sometimes parents may feel frustrated that the procedure is causing pain and that the parent cannot make the pain go away. Parents can do several things to help a child with pain from a procedure.