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Comfort Positions

In the hospital, your child will face many events that may make them feel stressed. Some of these include having a lumbar puncture or bone marrow aspirate, an IV placed, a blood pressure reading taken, or even a nurse looking at an ID armband.

Sometimes stressful events can cause patients to feel a lack of control. Some patients may struggle or become aggressive during these events. They might need help staying still. The large number of staff members needed to help can be overwhelming to a child, but comfort positions can help decrease the number of people needed to do a procedure. Using comfort positions can help your child feel more in control. It can lead to a more positive experience and can create a helpful routine for future stressful events.

The following are some comfort positions that can be used during stressful events:

Reviewed: October 2022