Paediatric palliative care (PPC) is also known as palliative care for children. Some children may get life-limiting illnesses, which are diseases that cannot be cured and will shorten their lives.
PPC gives these children, and their families, an additional layer of support to cope with the serious illness.
This support can be given when the child is receiving treatment that is trying to cure the disease, or when the child is no longer able to receive such treatment.
PPC does not mean giving up on the child. Instead, it helps to focus on making the most out of the present life for the child. This includes helping to relieve distressing symptoms, supporting the child and family emotionally, socially and spiritually.
Paediatric Palliative Care
It is the active total care of the child’s body, mind and spirit, including giving support to the family
It begins when illness is diagnosed, and continues whether or not the child receives treatment for the disease
It evaluates and alleviates a child’s distress
It uses a multidisciplinary approach, including the family and community resources
It can be provided in the hospital, community and the children’s home