Trauma-informed pediatric care means incorporating an understanding of the impact of traumatic stress on ill or injured children and families as part of treating the medical aspects of trauma. Trauma can be both a medical and psychological event in the eyes of children and families experiencing serious illnesses, injuries, or painful procedures. By integrating an understanding of traumatic stress into their routine interactions with children and families, health care providers can reduce the impact of difficult or frightening medical events, and help children and families cope with emotional reactions to illness and injury. Providing trauma-informed care isn't time consuming or difficult. Simple habits, such as sitting down and asking open ended questions, can make a potentially traumatic medical experience much less stressful.
In your daily practice, what do you to help alleviate your patient's stress?