Child Life Comfort Positions
Child Life Comfort Positions

Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics has developed comfort positions to help parents and caregivers minimize children's movement during stressful procedures.

Comfort positions can be used during a number of procedures including IV starts, blood draws, NG placements, and injections. These positions can be adapted for use in a variety of locations: at the hospital, at the doctor's office, the dentist, or other areas where children may need assistance holding still.

Goals of Comfort Positioning

  • Successfully immobilizes extremity for procedure
  • Offers secure, comforting hugging hold for child
  • Comfort through close contact with the parent or caregiver
  • Parent or caregiver participates in positive assistance, not negative restraining
  • Sitting position promotes sense of control
  • Fewer people are needed to complete procedure

Front-to-Front (Straddle)

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Side Sit Comfort

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Cradle Comfort 

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