Planning ahead helps. As your child goes through treatment, ask your child's doctor or nurse what you can expect from the next step in treatment.
At Cincinnati Children's, you can have child life specialists, social workers, chaplains and psychologists involved in your child's care. This can help take the stress off both you and your child.
Reducing stress and helping your child be relaxed and distracted can help cut down how much pain he/she experiences. Don't wait until things are falling apart. "Staying ahead" of pain makes taking care of it easier and more effective. Staying ahead of pain means giving treatment for pain before your child experiences the pain at its worst.