The Magic Glove - Pediatric Pain Management

The Magic Glove – Pediatric Pain Management

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I’m very proud to share this video with you all. It’s produced by my sister Dr Leora Kuttner – a Canadian Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. In the video, you’ll learn a technique for kids to manage pain and anxiety when they have to undergo injections and other medical procedures.

Dr Leora helps children and teens who have to cope with pain on a daily basis – whether it’s because they have a chronic pain condition, or a disease that means they need to have frequent injections and other hospital procedures.

The Magic Glove

The Magic Glove is a Hypnotic Pediatric Pain Management technique to reduce pain sensation and anxiety for children. Children have rich imaginations and hypnosis is widely used to ease pain during medical procedures. In responsive children the Magic Glove can create significant sensory changes and partial anesthesia, which can boost a child’s confidence and comfort in the ability to cope with painful and fearful procedures.

This short film with 9-year old Jazze who has needle phobia, demonstrates how to use the Magic Glove. Through her focused attention, the child experiences the glove being smoothed into her hand from finger-tips up to wrist– demarcating the area in which decreased sensory awareness and numbness occurs. It is important to ‘take off the glove’ i.e. reverse the application when the procedure is over to ensure that normal sensation returns.

Recommended for:
• Children 3 to 12 years old, (a fearful 14 year-old may also be responsive)with language adjusted to the developmental age of the child.
• Blood draws, IV starts, vaccinations, sutures, porta-cath access,
• Use on hands, arms, feet, legs, but can be used on any body area as a ‘blankey’, patch, hat, sock, stocking etc.
• Use with topical anesthetics such as EMLA . Apply the glove once the topical anesthetics has taken effect i.e. for EMLA, after 75 min.

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