Children’s Pain Captured in Art

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Guest Blogger, Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare

Artwork is a powerful therapeutic tool to help children and caregivers express their emotions about their medical experiences. Children often have a difficult time verbalizing feelings associated with pain and the modality of art provides them the opportunity to explore, create and gain mastery.

We are currently working on a project to help medical team members globally have a deeper understanding of pain and the impact that it has on children and families. We provide them with education and training that involves a patient and family-centered care approach. These coping strategies decrease trauma, provide children with a sense of control and have a positive outcome for everyone involved.

We need your help to spread awareness of pediatric pain management, so we are seeking two different types of artwork from kids and caregivers. One is about their perception of pain and the other is about how they feel after a coping strategy was used, such as medical play, comfort position, distraction tool, pharmaceutical relief, bravery reward or something similar.

If you would like to submit an image of artwork from your kids, yourself or from your patients (with consent), please email them to info@SF4C.org.

Thanks so much for all your support!

It Doesn’t Have to Hurt: Pediatric Pain Campaign

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The Centre for Pediatric Pain Research has launched their social media campaign #ItDoesntHaveToHurt to educate caregivers and medical professionals on pediatric pain management. The informational videos and posters are being shared across the globe at an increasing rate, making a difference in children’s lives.

Watch their two-minute video and take the survey (in the description section) to help them push forward in this campaign.

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Follow and Share the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube