Palliative Care: Conversations Matter - Easing Symptoms and Enhancing Lives

Palliative care provides comfort to your child and family.Mother walks with child patient in the hospital

Dealing with the diagnosis of a serious illness in a child is difficult for the entire family. It is important that your child, your family, and you get the support and care you need.Palliative care can help.

“Palliative Care for Children: Support for the Whole Family When Your Child Is Living with a Serious Illness”

Pediatric Palliative Care brochure coverThis brochure provides an overview of pediatric palliative care and answers questions that parents and families may have, such as: 

How do I know if my child or family needs palliative care?
Does accepting palliative care mean our family is giving up on other treatments?
How can my child’s pain be managed? 
How can our family get palliative care? 

Pediatric Palliative Care: A Personal Story Video ScreenshotPediatric Palliative Care: A Personal Story

This vignette shares the story of Rachel—a pediatric patient with neuroblastoma—and her family. The story demonstrates how palliative care can positively influence a patient’s and family’s experience with illness. Video length: 3 min, 58 sec.

Parent speaks to health care providerAsk about Palliative Care

If you think palliative care could help your child, your family or you, ask for it now. Talk with your child’s health care provider about palliative care.

To see whether a hospital in your area offers a palliative care program, you can go to the Palliative Care Provider Directory of Hospitals Exit Disclaimer to search by state and city.

Additional Palliative Care Resources

For a list of common questions about pediatric palliative care, please visit our "Palliative Care: Conversations Matter®" Frequently Asked Questions page.

For general information about palliative care, download NINR’s brochure, Palliative Care: The Relief You Need When You’re Experiencing the Symptoms of Serious Illness. This brochure is available in both English and Spanish.
Updated Date: July 6, 2015