For Families

Children are not little adults. They are different physically, emotionally, developmentally, mentally, and in many other ways. The signs of illnesses and injuries are often different in children. Treatments also vary depending on a child's age and development. Children's pediatric specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating illnesses and injuries of children. At Children's, everything–from diagnostic equipment to medicines to hospital rooms–is geared to the special needs of children and their families.

Children provide different clues to their pain at different ages. A pediatric pain specialist is a health professional specially trained in recognizing and treating pain in infants, toddlers, young children, and adolescents. At Children's, a special team of health professionals from a variety of medical disciplines visit patients in the hospital to evaluate their pain. They work in concert with you, your pediatric cardiologist, and pediatric cardiovascular surgeon to ensure that your child is as comfortable as possible. See our patient / family education handout to learn more about the pain team and managing pediatric pain.

Heart conditions in children are different from those in adults, and so pediatric cardiologists receive specific training. A pediatric cardiologist is a doctor who has completed training in pediatrics and also has received special training in the diagnosis and management of heart disease in fetuses, infants, children, young adults, and adults who were born with congenital heart disease.

Heart conditions in children are quite different from those in adults, and operating on children requires specialized skills and knowledge in children's unique physical and chemical make-up. A pediatric cardiovascular surgeon is a doctor who has completed extensive training in at least three specialty areas:

  • Treating children, who are physiologically different from adults.
  • Performing surgeries.
  • Performing the specific cardiovascular surgeries necessary for children with heart problems.

For Families

At Children's, we understand that each family's experience with a cardiovascular condition is unique. We are committed to working as a team to meet your child's and family's needs.

The following pages were developed to help familiarize you with the general medical terminology you may see while researching your child's condition and some of the resources available to families facing pediatric cardiovascular issues.

Information and support resources

Understanding your child's care team