Why choose Connecticut Children’s Pain & Palliative Medicine

At Connecticut Children’s, our interdisciplinary team uses a range of evidence-based methods to treat all forms of pain in children. Our pain specialists use an array or treatments — from traditional medicine to complementary therapies and other procedures—to manage children’s acute or chronic pain.

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Helping with the psychology of pain.

Treatment for chronic pain involves the mind-body connection. That’s why our team offers psychological services to help children and teens manage the stress, anxiety and sadness that can accompany chronic pain. 

Pain Psychology Services

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What Sets Our Pain & Palliative Medicine Team Apart

Our multidisciplinary team of physicians, psychologists, physician assistants and nurses take a holistic approach to pediatric pain and palliative care. 

At the Forefront of Pain Research

Our physicians and researchers are working to develop clinical innovations to ease children’s pain through cutting-edge research. 

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Pain Resource Nurse Program

The Pain Resource Nurse Program at Connecticut Children’s provides effective pain strategies based on best practices in the care of pediatric patients. Learn More.

Pain & Palliative Medicine Resources

Techniques to Comfort Your Child


  • Help from parents — massage, singing, music, rocking
  • Help from caregivers — swaddling in a blanket, pacifier dipped in sugar water for procedures


  • Help from parents — cuddling, blowing bubbles, telling stories, music
  • Help from caregivers — medical play before and after procedure, swaddling in a blanket

Pre-school age children

  • Help from parents — blowing bubbles, breathing, telling stories, videos, noisy toys
  • Help from caregivers — developmental explanations of procedure, a familiar person, medical play before and after procedure

School age children and teens

  • Help from parents — deep breathing, hand held video games, books, headphones with music
  • Help from caregivers — guided imagery, distraction

Connecticut Children’s Yoga

Yoga Is For Everyone

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Books for Parents of Children with Persistent Pain

When Your Child Hurts: Effective Strategies to Increase Comfort, Reduce Stress and Break the Cycle of Chronic Pain by Rachael Coakley, PhD

Additional Resources

  • PainBytes Pain informational videos for children, teens and families with chronic pain
  • Conquering Your Child’s Chronic Pain by Lonnie Zeltzer, MD
  • When Your Child Hurts by Rachel Coakley, Ph.D.
  • Stuff That Sucks: A Teen’s Guide to Accepting What You Can’t Change and Committing to What You Can (The Instant Help Solutions Series), by Ben Sedley, Ph.D.



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Pain & Palliative Medicine Locations

Connecticut Children’s Specialty Care Center – Westport

191 Post Road West
Westport, CT06880
United States

Exterior view of 100 Retreat Ave in Hartford

Connecticut Children’s Primary and Specialty Care Center – Hartford (100 Retreat Ave.)

100 Retreat Avenue
Hartford, CT06106
United States