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Pediatric Palliative Care

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is pediatric palliative care?

Pediatric palliative care is specialized care for children with serious, long-term health conditions. Care can begin at any stage of illness. Palliative care helps prevent or relieve any suffering your child may have. The care also improves quality of life for your child and family. Hospice care is a type of palliative care during the last 6 months of life. A palliative care team treats the whole person, not the illness. Your child's palliative care team will work with healthcare providers as they treat the illness. Care will be specific to your child's needs and the needs of your family. Care is provided in a place chosen by you and your child. That place can be at home or in a facility.

Who provides palliative care?

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

What do I need to know about treatment and care decisions for my child?

Your child may be able to make certain decisions about treatment and care. This may depend on your child's age and condition. The palliative care team can talk with your child and any family members about treatment and care:

What support services are offered in pediatric palliative care?

Your child's team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for support. You may be able to speak to them by phone, in person, or through a patient portal application (app).

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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