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Comfort Positions


Children's Mercy 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

Learn ways to help keep your child calm during certain medical procedures.