F: Remember the Family

In providing trauma-informed care, not every child and family will need the same level of support. The majority will benefit from psychoeducation, comfort, and basic assistance. A smaller number with acute distress will need interventions that promote medical adjustment or adherence.

As much as doctors and nurses can guide children and families through the process of coping with an injury or illness, hearing the stories of other families can help tremendously.

Injury and illness affects the whole family. Normal routines go out the window. 

Doctors, and especially pediatricians and pediatric nurses, may be the first medical professional to notice a child or parent struggling to cope with an injury or illness.

Adjusting to a child's diagnosis of an illness or injury often makes even the most resilient parents...