Physical treatments supportive and distractive techniques

The presence of parents during an invasive procedure on their child is important. In one study almost all children between the ages of 9 and 12 reported that "the thing that helped most'' was to have a parent present during a painful procedure. As well as being present, parents need some guidance on how to help their child during the procedure. Studies suggest that talking to and touching the child during the procedure is both soothing and anxiety-relieving. Other distractive strategies include:

• Listening through headphones to stories or music.

• Blowing bubbles.

• Video or interactive computer game.

• Moving images projected on a nearby wall, e.g. fish swimming, birds flying.

• Presence of transitional objects (comforters), e.g. favourite blanket, soft toy.

Do Not Panic

Do Not Panic

This guide Don't Panic has tips and additional information on what you should do when you are experiencing an anxiety or panic attack. With so much going on in the world today with taking care of your family, working full time, dealing with office politics and other things, you could experience a serious meltdown. All of these things could at one point cause you to stress out and snap.

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