Helping Kids During Pokes and Procedures

June 29, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

Calming a child during immunizations or other medical procedures can be as simple as a parent's touch.  A cross-disciplinary team of staff from across C.S. Mott Children's Hospital recently teamed up to create a video and poster to support families through the use of "comfort positions."

The team's work was recently featured in an article on the UMHS Health Blog.

“Attitudes toward health care are formed when children are young,” says Julie Piazza, a certified child life specialist and project manager at Mott who helped create the positions. “With these positions, the kids can learn some coping strategies and see their parents in a helper role.”

The positions a parent should take are designed to foster a sense of calm and safety to a child during the poking, prodding and not-so-comfy procedures such as vaccinations. 

The comfort positions committee also included Jennet Malone, Kim Dunlap, Karen Bogarin, Mary Rumple, Mary Webster and members of the Department of Communication who worked with the committee to create the video.

Next up? The committee is working on creating resources to help staff become familiar with comfort positions and how families can use them.