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Some children are fearful about going to the doctor’s office or painful procedures such as routine immunizations or stitches.  We discuss several conventional as well as alternative techniques to help minimize pain as well as lessen fear and anxiety in children.  Our guest, pediatrician Dr. Cherie Ginwalla who specializes in pediatric pain medicine, lets us know about practical methods for parents to help their children.  Child Life Specialists are great with assisting children with procedures, and there are other available options depending on the child’s age including breastfeeding, sucrose, breathing techniques and meditation.

This episode written by Drs. Cherie Ginwalla, Lena van der List and Dean Blumberg.

We thank Dr. Cherie Ginwalla, a Pediatric Hospitalist who specializes in palliative care at UC Davis Children's Hospital, for joining us for this episode, although Drs. Lena and Dean take full responsibility for any errors or misinformation.

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Photo from The Valerie Fund