Pediatric Supportive Care

To reach a Pediatric Supportive Care team member,
call 317-338-9836

Supportive Care is rooted in the “Caring Spirit” that defines St.Vincent and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital services. The Pediatric Supportive Care Program provides specialized medical care for children with serious illnesses. We focus on relieving distressing symptoms like pain, nausea, constipation, shortness of breath or difficulty sleeping, as well as, supporting the child and family to help them cope with the emotional or spiritual stress that may accompany a serious diagnosis. We take a family-centered approach, and assist with communication and coordination of care. This often helps families determine the care plan that best aligns treatment options with their values, traditions and cultures.

Pediatric Supportive Care is available from the time of diagnosis for any patient from infancy (including Prenatal) through young adulthood. Our team will see patients throughout the continuum of care, including:

  • Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital
  • The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Women’s Hospital and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Outpatient Clinics, including Pediatric Oncology, Pulmonology, Neurology and others

Our Team provides many tools and resources that can help your child and family on many levels.

  • Pain and Symptom management
  • Emotional, spiritual and psychosocial support
  • Assist with complex medical decision-making or advanced directives when needed
  • Work with social workers to locate resources to help your family at home and school
  • Identify integrative therapies (art, music, movement, aromatherapy and pet therapy) that may aid in the healing process

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When do Supportive (Palliative) Care services kick in?
A. It is best to start with Supportive Care as early as possible. This benefits both the child and the family by relieving the symptoms, pain and emotional wear-and-tear that can make facing a serious illness so difficult for your child and your family caregivers alike.

Q. How do I know if Supportive Care is right for my child?
A. Supportive Care may be right for your child if they are experiencing pain, stress and other symptoms due to a serious diagnosis. This may include chronic or complex illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease, genetic disorders or progressive neurologic diagnoses, such as Muscular Dystrophy.

Q.Does accepting Supportive Care mean our family is giving up on other treatments?
A. We know that no family ever gives up on their loved ones, especially a child. Supportive Care is simply an extra layer of support for your child and family as you cope with a serious illness. We work alongside your child’s specialist, and can help throughout any stage of an illness, even while receiving curative treatment.

Q.Do all the children diagnosed and treated at the Peyton Manning Children’s Cancer Center always get Supportive Care?
A. Not every child at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital will need Supportive Care; however, it might be helpful if your child is experiencing pain, stress and other symptoms related to a serious diagnosis.

Q.How does Supportive Care manage my child’s pain?
A. Our team will carefully assess your child and recommend the appropriate intervention, from non-medicinal options including integrative therapy, physical or occupational therapy, as well as, over the counter and/or prescription medications.

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