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Restraint Use in Children


Restraints are methods used by trained healthcare providers to stop or limit your child's movement. Restraints may be used without your consent.


Types of restraints:

  • Physical restraints are devices that limit your child's movement. They include arm, leg, lap, or vest restraints. Bed sheets may be used to swaddle a younger child. Healthcare providers may also hold your child's arms, chest, or legs to keep him from moving during certain tests.
  • Chemical restraints are medicines used to quickly sedate your child if he is violent. These will be given as a pill or an injection.
  • Seclusion is placing your child in a room by himself. The room is locked and kept free of items that could cause injury. Healthcare providers will watch your child at all times when he is in seclusion.

Monitoring your child in restraints:

  • Vital signs, such as heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure, will be taken often to make sure they are in normal range.
  • Your child's physical comfort will also be monitored closely. Healthcare providers will check your child's skin for injury or blood flow problems under the restraints. They will also give him liquids and take him to the bathroom as needed.
  • Your child's behavior will also be monitored. Healthcare providers will remove physical restraints or allow your child to leave seclusion as soon as he is calm and cooperative.

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