Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy

Coping During Healthcare Procedures

Healthcare procedures are often stressful and frightening experiences for children and families. Giving children strategies for coping with these procedures will help them to have:

Helpful hints

Common coping strategies you can use with your child during healthcare procedures

Breathing and blowing

Items to use: bubbles, pinwheel, kazoo, party blower or harmonica

Tips on using breathing and blowing to help your child cope with a medical procedure

Distraction

Items to use: magic wand, pop-up book, sound book, electronic hand-held game, or portable CD player or tape player

Tips on using distraction to help your child cope with a medical procedure

Imagination

Items to use: relaxation tape, music box, storybook, portable CD player or tape player, and your child’s imagination.

Tips on using imagination to help your child cope with a medical procedure

Physical touch

Items to use: a blanket, a favorite stuffed animal and yourself!

Tips on using physical touch to help your child cope with a medical procedure

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