Health professionals sometimes need to keep a person from moving around or grabbing things. When they need to do this, it can be upsetting to see your child restrained by being tied down.
But it's important to know that doctors use restraints only when people are at risk of harming themselves or others.
Restraints can keep your child from pulling out the intravenous (IV) lines that carry medicine into the body. They can also keep your child from removing medical equipment that's attached to his or her body. This equipment helps the doctor watch for changes in your child's health.
The doctor may use restraints to keep your child from itching or rubbing wounds, or to keep your child from getting out of bed. And restraints may be used if your child becomes upset because of a severe injury or emotional problem.
Your child's doctor or nurse will remove the restraints as soon as it's safe to do so.
While your child is being restrained, the doctor or nurse will:
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Current as of: July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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