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Pediatric Pain Management in Knoxville

Call us at (865) 541-8685 if you interested in learning more about Pain & Palliative Care at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

Pediatric palliative care is specialized care that aims to relieve suffering, improve quality of life, facilitate informed decision making, and assist in the care coordination of children who have a life-limiting illness. It is care that is appropriate at any age and at any stage of illness, together with therapeutic treatment.

We help patients by:

  • implementing expert pain and symptom management
  • offering integrative treatment modalities such as art, massage, and use of essential oils
  • providing recommendations for management of distressing symptoms associated with life-limiting illnesses
  • supporting and enhancing quality of life through individualized care plans
  • promoting healing and comfort with a child- and family-centered approach
Pain & Palliative Care

Commitment to Comfort

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is committed to the care and comfort of children and their families. All members of healthcare team will work with each unique child and family to minimize pain and maximize comfort during every visit.

Learn more about our Commitment to Comfort

Does My Child Need Palliative Care?

Palliative care is focused on alleviating the more severe symptoms of serious illnesses. There is no one condition that qualifies a patient for palliative care— it is recommended to anyone who could benefit from the treatment.

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What is Palliative Care?

My Child's Pain

Your child may benefit from a palliative consult if a medical condition or treatment is causing:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Chronic aches and pains
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Constipation
  • Skin irritation

We want to help children live happier and healthier. Dealing with medical symptoms is tough, which is why pain and palliative care addresses the symptoms of a condition rather than the main issue. While their primary care physician or medical specialist is treating their condition, we will be doing our part to improve their quality of day-to-day life.

Pain and Palliative Care Uses Music and Acupuncture Therapy For Healing

Three illustrated hot air balloons in the clouds

East Tennessee Children's Hospital's Pain and Palliative Care program always puts the comfort of our patients first. Music Therapist Joni Pappas demonstrates how singing and playing music with kids relieves anxiety when they're in the hospital for treatment, and Acupuncturist Jodie Manross shows the benefits of gentle pressure in helping young bodies heal.

A Community Effort

To provide the children of our Eastern Tennessee with the best care possible, we need to come together as a community. Thanks to generous donations from local institutions and the contributions of our dedicated volunteers, we continue to improve the lives of our patients every day.

Your donations help support the Pain and Palliative Care program at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. To make a donation to the program, please visit our donation page and choose Pain and Palliative Care from the designation menu.

The Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care program at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is sponsored by The Butterfly Fund at the East Tennessee Foundation and by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Knoxville.

Pain & Palliative Care

East Tennessee Children's Hospital is a childkind Hospital

East Tennessee Children's Hospital is a ChildKind Hospital

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Call us at (865) 541-8685 if you interested in learning more about Pain & Palliative Care at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.