Needles and other medical procedures can be stressful for your child. Restraining your child for a procedure is also stressful. It’s best to include your child in conversations about what can be done to lower or avoid the need for restraint. Most healthcare providers, including Alberta Health Services (AHS), have a policy of ’Restraint as a Last Resort’.
To help your child feel safe and build coping skills, try to offer choices to give them a sense of control. This will help to build coping skills. If these things don’t work, the restraint used should limit your child the least and be used for the shortest time possible. This might include holding your child comfortably while distracting with a song or book.
Safety devices or actions like:
Other things to consider:
Current as of: May 1, 2018
Author: Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services (Reviewed by Maternal, Newborn, Child and Youth Strategic Clinical Network)
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