Pediatric pain is a frequently overlooked side effect of illness and medical treatment, and how we prevent and manage that pain, has lasting health implications for our patients. Medical research shows that painful experiences have long-term impacts on children; affecting mental health, healing time, anxiety, and overall quality of life. Babies, kids and teens, around the world, continue to suffer needless pain from disease, chronic conditions, painful procedures, surgeries, and more.
There is a better way, but the knowledge, capability and drive to implement better pain care for kids is not always known, accessible or prioritized.
ChildKind is working to change this, but we need your help.
ChildKind's mission is to better prevent and treat children's pain. Our program works to promote better pediatric pain management through education, institutional change, and by evaluating and certifying healthcare facilities that have developed standardized, institution-wide approaches to the prevention and treatment of children's pain.
ChildKind emerged from the Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood, of the International Association for the Study of Pain, to provide incentive - through recognition and information sharing - for institutions to incorporate pain control as an intrinsic value. Recognition comes in the form of a formal hospital certification process, where visible evidence of a hospital-wide commitment to children's comfort and to the five core ChildKind principles, is evaluated by an interdisciplinary team of pediatric pain management experts.
We also encourage knowledge and resource sharing, through our free, open-access resource library; which serves as a database for vetted information and policy on treating pediatric pain.
The Five Principles of ChildKind are:
1) An institutional commitment to pain prevention, assessment, and treatment.
2) Ongoing education programs and awareness initiatives on pain for staff, trainees, patients, and any of their caregivers.
3) Use of evidence-informed, developmentally appropriate processes for assessment of acute and chronic pain.
4) Specific evidence informed protocols for pain prevention and treatment including pharmacological, psychological, and physical methods.
5) Regular institutional self-monitoring within the framework of continuous quality improvement.
These core principles can and should be incorporated into every institution in the world, regardless of size, community or resource availability.
Your donation, helps make this possible, supporting the efforts of our staff and our team of dedicated medical professionals.
Thank you for helping us be kind to all children, because no child deserves to suffer needless pain.