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What is palliative care for children?

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The goals are the same for kids and adults: relieve pain and other symptoms. But children with serious illnesses aren’t mini-adults -- they have their own specific needs. Some kids can’t explain their pain or are too young to talk. Doctors and nurses trained in pediatric palliative medicine can help read your child’s body language to figure out where and how much she hurts.

From: What Is Palliative Care? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 18, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 09/18/2017

SOURCES:

Center to Advance Palliative Care: “What Is Palliative Care?” “Disease Types,” “Frequently Asked Questions,” “Benefits of Pediatric Palliative Care.”

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine: “Hospice and Palliative Care for Children.”

KidsHealth: “Palliative Care.”

Family Caregiver Alliance: “Understanding Palliative/Supportive Care: What Every Caregiver Should Know.”

American Psychiatric Association: “Palliative Care Helps Patients and Caregivers.”

Palliative Doctors: “Frequently Asked Questions About Hospice and Palliative Care.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 18, 2017

SOURCES:

Center to Advance Palliative Care: “What Is Palliative Care?” “Disease Types,” “Frequently Asked Questions,” “Benefits of Pediatric Palliative Care.”

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine: “Hospice and Palliative Care for Children.”

KidsHealth: “Palliative Care.”

Family Caregiver Alliance: “Understanding Palliative/Supportive Care: What Every Caregiver Should Know.”

American Psychiatric Association: “Palliative Care Helps Patients and Caregivers.”

Palliative Doctors: “Frequently Asked Questions About Hospice and Palliative Care.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 18, 2017

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