Pain Management Program
At Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, we understand that
it’s not easy being a hospitalized child or an anxious parent and/or guardian.
That why we do everything we can to provide you and your child with a safe,
caring and nurturing environment to make your stay here as comfortable as
During your child’s hospital visit, he or she may undergo a
painful or uncomfortable procedure. Our expert care team is dedicated to
relieving pain and discomfort in a variety of way and will make every effort to
keep your child as content as possible.
Pain Management Methods
Pain management is the right of every child. Parents and/or
guardians should work with the doctors and nurses to help plan the best pain
management for your child. Methods to relieve pain can be divided into two
categories: pharmacological (with medicine) or non-pharmacological (without
A+ Care: A Compassionate and Proactive Approach to Pain
In an effort to further reduce pain, anxiety and discomfort
for our youngest patients, our A+ Care program is a pain management combined
approach of pharmacological and non-pharmacological care designed to provide
patients and their families with the necessary tools to collaborate with their
caregiver team, and plan for and manage any pain that might occur during the
The A+ Care approach:
- A member of our team will meet with you to
discuss your child’s individual needs and previous experiences to learn the
best way to minimize stress and discomfort.
- We will provide you will pain management
techniques including medications, environmental support and comfort measures,
such as distraction techniques.
- When possible, we will discuss the procedure in
advance to ensure that you and your child understand his or her care.
Managing Pain with Medicine
Doctors and nurses – in consultation with the parent and/or
guardian may choose to lessen the pain by using medicines in a variety of
forms. They may use a tablet or liquid taken by mouth, or an injection into the
skin or muscle, or through a small tube called an intravenous (IV) catheter,
placed into a vein.
Managing Pain without Medicine
Giving your child some control or input during his or her
treatment can help in reducing pain. One example of this is providing your
child with the opportunity to help make decisions concerning his or her
treatment. Other effective ways to manage pain without medicine are described
- Heat and cold can relieve pain. Ice wrapped in a
cloth sometimes helps ease discomfort, and heating pads can help relieve muscle
- Reducing stress helps lessen pain and gives
patients a sense of control. Try taking deep, slow breaths in and out.
- Distractions, such as playing video games,
watching movies and TV, reading and listening to music are good ways to ease
- Physical touch, such as stroking, swaddling,
holding, rocking, caressing, cuddling and massaging is important in reducing