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"No Fears, No Tears"
The courageous "stars" of an award-winning video "No Fears, No Tears" documented how the mind's natural abilities helped to ease the body's pain.
Now, 13 years later (1998), the seven surviving youngsters are back on tape in an effort "to determine the long-term impact of learning as a child how to deal with pain and fear," Kuttner says.
In "No Fears, No Tears - 13 Years Later" these cancer survivors vividly recall their painful childhood experiences, the techniques they used to ease the pain, as well as their relationships and their lives today.
The pain-control techniques they learned during their cancer treatments are not unique to that disease. The children, now young adults, use those same pain-control techniques in everyday situations - headaches, backaches, and accidental injuries.
"When children fighting serious, painful diseases are offered different ways of handling the pain, those techniques stay with them through adulthood," says Kuttner. (Below is a list of tips to help children, as well as adults, in pain.)
The original tape has been a mainstay in many children's hospitals across North America, and used as a training tool for pain clinicians, pediatric hospital staff, as well as the parents of hospitalized children. It has been translated into five languages.
"No Fears, No Tears - 13 Years Later" was produced with the support of the Mayday Fund of New York City, a private foundation dedicated to reducing the profound human problems associated with pain and its consequences. Additional funding was provided by the Canadian Cancer Society and Astra Pharma Inc. (Canada).
Pediatric Pain Control Tips
- Ask children to describe their pain . . . then listen to what they say.
- Provide soothing words and a reassuring touch.
- Give the child an honest explanation of what is happening.
- Have the child practice deep breathing techniques.
- Simple modalities . . . ice, running water, heating pad.
- Blowing bubbles with young children relieves both physical tension and anxiety.
- Visualization techniques . . . a child who pictures himself or herself on a tropical beach will hardly feel a health care worker taking a blood sample.
- State-of-the-art analgesia.
From Kuttner's 1996 book A Child in Pain (Hartley & Marks).
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