Supportive Care for Children

When your child has been diagnosed with a serious or chronic medical condition, managing the symptoms and the side effects of treatment are part of everyday life. This is true for your child as well as your entire family.

Ron-li Law, MD

Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care

We drive innovations in family-centered care at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital.

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Children with chronic or incurable diseases often deal with pain and stress along with the physical effects of their conditions. As a parent, you want your child to enjoy life despite these challenges. Supportive care provided by the pediatric advanced care team at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone meets those needs, while also supporting your child’s medical care or treatment.

Our supportive care program has received specialty certification from The Joint Commission, which reflects our commitment to providing the best possible quality of life for children.

Child in Hospital Bed

Children can receive supportive care in the hospital or at home.

We provide supportive care, also known as palliative care, to children with serious medical conditions, including genetic conditions, prematurity, neurologic disorders, cancer, heart disease, and lung conditions. Supportive care is available to children in the hospital or at home.

If you are interested in learning more about supportive care services, please ask your nurse or doctor to contact us.

Our team can help your child in the following ways:

  • easing the symptoms that are adding to your child’s distress and discomfort, including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, anxiety, irritability, and trouble sleeping
  • improving communication among family members, and between your family and the medical team
  • ensuring that your family’s values, beliefs, and preferences are respected during discussions about your child’s care goals and options
  • working together with you and your child’s healthcare team so that your child’s medical options match up with your goals for your child

Our team includes certified pediatric palliative care doctors, licensed clinical social workers, a nurse practitioner, a chaplain, child life specialists, a music therapist, and an integrative medicine practitioner.