Emotions…many people try to avoid emotions, especially in a professional setting. When it comes to medicine, emotions and providing emotional support shouldn’t be avoided. 

Within the walls of a hospital, many doctors and nurses are aware of the benefits of practicing trauma informed care, such as promoting emotional recovery and helping to reduce additional trauma exposures from medical care for children and families. But not all medical care occurs within the hospital. How do other healthcare providers view trauma informed care? 

“Your son has cancer.” Words no parent wants to hear and no physician wants to say. Unfortunately, whether it’s cancer or another chronic illness, these words, or similar ones, are spoken each and every day. 

Many people push aside the idea of self-care. It takes too much time or invokes an idea of being too much “woo-woo” to be taken seriously. 

In the fast paced, often high stakes hospital environment, should doctors and nurses incorporate play with pediatric patients? If so, how can play be used at the bedside? 

Given the turmoil leading to (and caused by) placement in foster care, it comes at no surprise foster care has a large impact on children.  How deep is that impact? Can it affect a child's health? 

In many ways, age is only a number. However, when practicing trauma informed care, age can be a very important number. And specifically developmental age, rather than biological age. 

It’s the time of year to make resolutions. Maybe your resolution involves adopting a trauma informed approach to the care of your pediatric patients. Practicing through a trauma informed lens often requires a shift in mindset. 

As the year comes to a close, our blog covered many topics ranging from pediatric medical traumatic stress, to trauma informed care, healthcare professionals' self care, and adverse childhood experiences. Check out the top 10 most popular blog posts of the year!

With New Year’s resolutions in full swing, maybe 2017 is the year you or your hospital system more fully integrate trauma informed into the routine care of pediatric patients and families. What resources are available to you to help?