Supporting Children in Hospice: Podcast Interview

I’m thrilled to have had another opportunity to speak with Katie Taylor, Certified Child Life Specialist and Founder of Child Life on Call. I have had the privilege to share my work as a specialist in private practice, advocating for my kids with learning differences, and now working with children in hospice.

This is a really challenging population that specialists can work in. I look at it as an honor to be able to be present with a family and hold a safe space for them during a vulnerable and critical time.

Take a listen to our twelve-minute talk on how to best support families when their child is on hospice. Be sure to follow Child Life on Call on Instagram, and Facebook, and subscribe to their amazing podcast.

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Caroline’s Infusion Day: Spotlight and Giveaway

I’m thrilled to feature another amazing author with a fantastic children’s book., Caroline’s Infusion Day  This book has now become my new go-to resource to support young children coping with a chronic illness that is treated with infusions. Learn more about the book and be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win your own copy.

Guest Blogger, Kelly Brennan, Author of Caroline’s Infusion Day 

About the book:

Sweet Caroline has to get infusions to stay healthy. At first, getting her infusions seemed really scary, but Caroline teaches us that maybe they’re not so bad! Caroline takes you through the process of her treatment day, from the moment she wakes up until the moment she goes to bed. Witness her feelings as the IV is inserted, and see what her nurse uses to help take the pain away. When it’s time for her vitals, you’ll learn the 3 things that are monitored to make sure Caroline is feeling okay. As her day goes on, you’ll see Caroline do fun, simple activities you can try to incorporate on your treatment day, too!

Who it’s intended for:

This book is for any child and their family who bravely conquer treatment days! Best for ages 2-7.

Where to purchase:

The book is available on Amazon and Kelly’s website 

Why we wrote it:

When my daughter was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease before her second birthday, I realized regular IVIG treatments were going to be her future. As I tried to prepare her for what she was going to experience, I couldn’t find any children’s books or TV shows about getting an IV, using a tourniquet, or having medicine flow through a child’s body all day. It was at this moment I knew I wanted to create a resource for young children. 

My 16-year-old niece did the illustrations, and she incorporated bright colors to keep the book positive and engaging. We worked hard to make sure it was accurate, but not fearful. Our hope is children will find a connection to it and realize they aren’t alone in their brave battles – and that infusions can in fact be fun! 

We will be giving away a copy of Caroline’s Infusion Day to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.

3. Facebook: Follow Kelly Brennan and leave a comment about the giveaway.

4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and  @CarolinesInfusionDayBook and tag two friends in the post.

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 5/16/22.

Easing Hospital Fears with 4Umedicaldesigns

Guest Blogger, Nick Nastasi from 4UMedicaldesigns

What is 4Umedicaldesigns?

At 4Umedicaldesigns we have a mission to reduce medical anxiety by decorating dismal/intimidating medical devices like IV bags and syringes to look more child friendly. As a child, our founder Nicholas Nastasi was briefly on an IV bag and also had a huge fear of needles, so he decided to create a product to help alleviate these medical worries for young children. Our patent-pending medical device stickers cover the blank portion of a syringe or IV bag with kid-friendly images and don’t cover any of the measurements or information on the device.

Who does it help?

4Umedicaldesigns Medical Stickers help pediatric patients that receive needles procedures and IV bags. Studies show that decorative IV bags reduced patient aversion by 83%, fear by 53%, and anxiety by 73%. Decorative syringes reduced patient aversion by 79%, fear by 53%, and anxiety by 51% (Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center).

Where to purchase

Our IV bag and syringe stickers can be purchased at 4umedicaldesigns.com where we offer a range of different sticker designs and sizes. For large order inquiries and quotes, we can be reached at info@4Umedicaldesigns.com.

We will be giving away a choice of IV bag or syringe stickers to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.

3. Facebook: Follow  @4Umedicaldesigns and leave a comment about the giveaway.

4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @4Umedicaldesigns, and tag two friends in the post.

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 4/21/22.