Reducing Pain at Home
Pain reducing tips provided by the pain committee at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.
ExerciseMovements designed to enhance mobility and encourage muscle development and flexibility. Consider low impact exercises such as yoga, walking, biking or swimming.*
Guided imageryThere are a number of wonderful children's books, CDs, and apps that can help guide you and your child through comforting, soothing and pleasant scenarios. You can also easily create your own by talking in detail about happy memories with your child.
Ice and/or heat packsApplication of either ice or heat can provide relief by encouraging blood flow or helping to reduce pain from inflammation.
Listening to music/sound machineChoose music that is soothing for your child. They may choose music that represents how they are feeling currently and transition to music of how they want to feel.
MassageFirm strokes help relax muscles and increase blood flow. Gentle touch by a trusted loved one can be comforting.*
Pet therapySpending time with your pet can help reduce anxiety, tension and encourage relaxation.
Play diversionEncourage your child to do something they enjoy, whether drawing, journaling or playing games. Remind them it's OK to take breaks when needed. Play can do wonders for taking one's mind off of pain.
Positioning pillowsUse different shaped pillows for supporting parts of the body, alleviating pressure or hugging for comfort.*
Positive thinkingWork with your child on re-framing negative thoughts into positive ones, remind them of how strong they are, what they have overcome in the past, and celebrate any successes - no matter how small!
RelaxationEncourage your child to take deep/slow breaths, or blow bubbles or a pinwheel for meditation and muscle relaxation.
*For your child's safety and comfort, always check with the doctor or nurse before using these options.