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Three steps to choosing a pediatrician

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You want the very best for your child and choosing a pediatrician is an important decision. The pediatrician (a doctor that has advanced training in treating children) will partner with you to care for the health and well-being of your child for many years. Many factors go in to choosing a pediatrician and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is here to help you through the process. The first step is to think through your priorities to find a pediatrician that is a good fit for you and your family.

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Below are the top five things to consider when choosing a pediatrician.

  1. What is the doctor’s philosophy of care? Does it align with your values?
  2. Are the clinic locations convenient? (Are there options near home, work, or other important areas of your life?)
  3. Does the clinic offer conveniences that are important to you? (open hours, urgent care, same day or walk-in appointments, online access to electronic medical records, etc.)
  4. Does the clinic have an affiliation with a hospital or connect with a network of specialty care?
  5. Is the doctor and/or clinic considered “in network” for the health insurance that covers your child(ren)?

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Children's comfort promise

At Children's we are committed to making your child's experience the best it can be. That includes partnering with parents around what we can do to prevent and treat pain. We know parents and caregivers are a child's best source of comfort, and an important source of information about what has helped or worked well in the past.

To make sure we are doing all we can to prevent and treat pain, we have a team at Children's dedicated to looking at how we can help improve comfort for all of our patients. Children's Comfort Promise is our unique approach to help our patients with pain and is a promise that we will do everything possible to prevent and treat pain. We are starting this initiative with needle pain because most patients and families named needles as the worst pain they experience at Children's.

What we can do to make needles less painful

No one likes to have needle procedures, especially kids. But there are things we can do to make needles less painful. Evidence supports that if we always use the following 4 steps children will have less pain with needle procedures.

1. Numb the skin
2. Sucrose (sugar water) or breast feeding(for babies 12 months or less)
3. Comfort positioning
4. Distraction


What you can do to help

As parents and caregivers, there are ways that you can provide comfort during needle procedures:


Infants (0-12 months)

  • Swaddling
  • Skin to skin contact
  • Pacifier
  • Sucrose
  • Holding the child during the procedure
  • Age appropriate distraction


Toddlers (1-5 years)

  • Sitting child upright
  • Holding the child during the procedure
  • Age appropriate distraction


School-age (6-12 years)

  • Sitting child upright
  • Holding the child or staying close by during the procedure
  • Age appropriate distraction


Teens (13-18 years)

  • Having teen sit upright
  • Age appropriate distraction
  • Being available for support


What we have done so far

The following departments have already implemented improvements with needle procedures:

  • Out Patient Labs
  • Medical/Surgical Unit In Patient labs

What we are doing next

The following departments are next in line to implement new needle procedures:

  • Emergency Departments
  • Nurseries
  • Critical Care areas

In 2015, the Children's Comfort Promise will be fully implemented in all outpatient clinics.


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