Young girl creates teddy bear to comfort children coping with medical experiences

I’m thrilled to feature an amazing nonprofit that is bringing smiles and comfort to hospitalized children. The Medi Teddy is a washable teddy bear that was designed by Ella, a 13-year-old with a rare illness, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura or “ITP”.

Ella receives IV infusions every few weeks to treat her illness. During her day in the outpatient clinic, it can be long and boring while she watches the IV fluids drip from the bag into her arm. One day she decided to create a teddy bear that covers the IV bag and brings comfort and normalcy to the hospital environment. She wanted other children to also experience this comfort, so she launched Medi Teddy.

Medi Teddy is given to a child and is used to cover their IV bag. If a child is receiving outpatient treatments they can bring it home, machine wash it and bring it back to the clinic for their next visit.

As a child life specialist, I can see the wonderful benefits of giving a Medi Teddy to a pediatric patient. Medical play can be incorporated and empower children to healthily cope.

Click here to make a donation or receive a Meddy Teddy. Be sure to follow on Facebook and Instagram and learn more from their website.

We will be giving away 5 Medi Teddys 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 a friend.

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

4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @Medi_Teddy, tag a friend in the post.

5. Twitter: Follow, Like and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 3/14/20.

 

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!

A Moment of Magic

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There is a contagious smile that appears on our face when we witness a child’s pure joy and happiness. Sometimes we even cry when we see them light up and giggle, especially for those kids who haven’t smiled in a while.

I found myself smiling, nodding and becoming teary-eyed when I watched a video from an amazing organization, A Moment of Magic. Here is a little more about them.

A Moment of Magic is the original 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that allows college-age students to volunteer at children’s hospitals and social service institutions to provide creative programming. Our most popular services include Princess Visits, Superhero Visits, Personality Visits, Athlete Visits, Direct Family Support, and Inter-family Connection.

​ Our services are provided through hospitals, at the homes of individual children, with other foundations, and via Skype!

Our organization visits children in need free of charge to the institution. We provide services such as individual visits, bedside visits, group visits, story readings, and special events- just to name a few. We are the largest organization of our kind with 12 chapters all over the United States and 400+ volunteers. To read more about our services click here.

We have met more than 9,500 children across 25 states and 2 countries!

If you need any more information, please visit our website http://www.amomentofmagic.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.