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Pediatric Comfort Measures

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What are comfort measures?

Comfort measures are ways your child's suffering can be eased during end-of-life care. Care can be provided at home or in a hospital. It can also be provided in a hospice or long-term care facility. Comfort measures are sometimes called palliative measures, but they are different. Palliative care can be given for any disease or illness, even if the person recovers. Comfort measures are only given when treatment will no longer be effective.

Who provides comfort measures?

Your child's comfort care team may include any of the following:

How will my child's symptoms be managed?

It may be difficult to see your child in pain or having any discomfort. Talk to your child's care team if you have any questions or concerns. They will work with you to make sure your child is as comfortable as possible.

What support services may be offered?

Where can I find more information?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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