Paternal presence, the best painkiller in painful moments

They do not wear cloaks or fly, but even so they are all superheroes. The parents They have the great power to make the child see that everything is going well, that they are not alone and that they can remain calm in the most painful moments such as a stay in the hospital.

This is indicated by the Spanish Association of Pediatrics, AEP, which highlights the important role of family members in these difficult situations for children. According to this organism, a father accompany your child at times as your admission to the hospital is one of the best painkillers in the world and also has no side effects.

Why it calms the paternal presence

One bad news for all people is that they will have to be admitted to a hospital or have to face an operation. A situation that gets worse in children, who see your altered routine to change your house to an unknown place surrounded by sick people. This causes them a feeling of anguish and fear.

However, seeing that they are not alone, and that they have their parents nearby, is the best medicine to alleviate these effects. Having the son see how his parents are close will help them calm down and reduce that fear what it feels like to alter your routine. Pediatricians praise the power to see how a familiar face is at all times next to the bed where a child is admitted.

Benefits for the father: the bond with their children

Of all the bad things, you can always get something good, even from an experience of internment in the hospital. Parents also benefit from these moments by creating a strong bond with their children. The fact of accompanying them in these trances will make them feel useful and foster the relationship with the children.

In addition, parents will also feel useful discovering their therapeutic powers with his kids. Seeing how their actions can help medical professionals is something that will raise their self-esteem and encourage them to continue working in this regard. That is, being a support for your child in other bad times.


The stay in the hospital for children

That the child does not have such a traumatic experience in hospitals has great benefits for the future. The first one is to lose part of the fear of this center. No one likes to hide inside walls and surround themselves with the sick, but knowing that this experience will be present will help the parents to make the next time much more bearable.

In addition, the child sees in his father a figure of total support in this regard, will help in the future to better understand their situation within the hospital because adults can help doctors explain what happens to the child. In short, take advantage of the powers of these superheroes without layers or outlandish costumes but that day by day save the small world of your home.

Damián Montero

Video: "Palliative Pain and Symptom Management" by Emma Jones, MD for OPENPediatrics

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