Clown's presence can bring relief to kids with cerebral palsy
A study says that having a clown around can help take some of the pain away when kids with cerebral palsy get their routine injections.
Children with cerebral palsy often receive repeated injections of Botulinum toxin to reduce muscle stiffness and improve muscle function. Although the injection is quick, the needle can cause pain and anxiety.
One way to help children cope is visits from specially trained clowns. This is a safe and fun way and is being used a lot in medical care. In the study, clowns used several methods to help children cope. One was to encourage them to think positive and another was to distract them from the treatment by appealing to their imagination.
The study found that when the injection was given, the kids imagined a lower level of pain than those kids who had no clowns.