How We Help
The Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Team sees patients for inpatient consults, outpatient consult, and home visits (depending on patient situation).
Sometimes easing a child’s pain is straightforward. When pain is chronic, or from nerves (“neuropathic”), or resulting from treatment (such as chemotherapy), it can be more difficult to manage. For some, pain may come from a spiritual or emotional source rather than physical.
Streamlining care for children with chronic illness can be difficult. The needs of the patient and family are assessed and care is coordinated while keeping palliation as a central part of every treatment plan. An emphasis is placed on facilitating communication between providers and families to optimize decision-making and coping.
Constipation, breathlessness, and itching, can be very troubling. These symptoms, as well as others, may result from medications or disease processes.
Each child has different needs. Some children and families need help understanding illness progression with possible outcomes. Other families want guidance with medical decisions and planning. At times, quiet, supportive listening is all that is needed.
A child’s illness reaches beyond the child. Siblings, parents, extended family, friends, school, and others can be affected. Routines and ways of life may be changed. It is important to keep everyone involved.
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