Medical supply companies have done a good job producing kid-friendly medical supplies. There are many opportunities for medical supply purchasers to outfit their exam rooms, hospital rooms, and emergency rooms with brightly colored supplies often dressed as friendly baby animals that kids can cozy up to while undergoing examination or treatment for their disease or injury. There are also products for homecare medical supplies that are designed with kid-friendly characters to improve the child's compliance to therapy. By making the medical supplies appear less institutional, the supplies entertain and calm the child, creating welcome distractions to enhance compliance.
The exam room is an excellent place to start because of the frequency in which children stream through this environment in particular. Here a list of categories where you can make an impact on your exam room decor that will make a child feel less anxiety during their exam.
You can buy kits that come with a room-full of decals for the wall, a themed exam table, medical supplies dressed in character theme, and a roll of exam table paper that stays "on-story." Here are some environment packs from an online store called PediaPals to get you thinking about the possibilities.
If you have rooms that are already painted and designed the way you want them, and therefore are not in the market for an entire room theme pack, you can buy just the exam table. Here are some of the options at PediaPals to give you some ideas.
Respiratory supplies for kids can be found in exam rooms, hospital rooms, and operating rooms. Home medical supply vendors also may carry respiratory supplies tailored for kids to keep them entertained. Here are some respiratory supplies from Just Kids Medical that ship from Maryland.
Walkers, rollators, and crutches are also made to entertain children. Here are some ideas from Just Kids Medical.
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Conditions like muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy to name just a few can require children to need extra help sitting upright, standing, and lying down. Here is where you can find more information about products designed specifically for the durability, comfort, and aesthetics that are best-suited for children.
Even the medical instruments doctors and nurses use to perform parts of the medical exam on a child have been dressed for the occasion. Here are some ideas from PediaPals.