Who Benefits? Children in Accident & Emergency Units and Minor Injury Units in East Kent benefit from this work. Teddies are given in significant quantities to the medical staff at each of these units.
The medical staff, in turn, give them to children who may be in severe distress and who will benefit from a teddy to cuddle. This helps to relax the child and enables the medical staff to press on with the treatment that the child needs. At the end of the treatment, the child can take the bear home.
The use of the teddies in this way has been proved to have beneficial effects for children admitted to these units – by relieving their distress and helping them to cope with the fear of being treated by complete strangers.
The teddies are used in various ways:-
- To help the medical staff befriend the child
- For the child to cuddle
- As a reward for being brave
- For the staff to demonstrate what they are going to do
By relieving the child’s distress, the parents, guardians and siblings may also be relieved and the medical staff can administer the treatment more effectively.
If the child returns to hospital for further treatment, he or she is encouraged to bring the TLC Teddy, as it has been found to help reassure the child.