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Pediatric Palliative Care

Providing Peace and Comfort to Children and Families

Palliative care is comprehensive, holistic supportive care for children living with chronic (ongoing), complex or life-threatening medical needs. Palliative care is not hospice care — instead, our specialists help your child and family navigate the treatment process more easily. From managing unpleasant symptoms to helping with advanced care planning when necessary, our multidisciplinary team works together to improve the quality of life for all children in our care.

As Central Florida’s only pediatric palliative care program, Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children specialists support children and their families from prenatal (before birth) through age 25. We provide a variety of palliative care services, including complex care management and follow-up bereavement care.

Together with our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) providers, we also offer prenatal services for expectant parents and their premature newborns at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. Sixty percent of our patients are less than one year old. In our “tiny baby” NICU program, we also help babies who are born extremely prematurely, meaning between 22- and 24-weeks gestational age.

Enhancing Wellbeing for Children with Complex Medical Needs

Palliative care focuses on managing symptoms to provide the best quality of life possible for your child. In many cases, your child’s illness or treatment results in unwanted symptoms, such as pain, constipation or muscle spasticity. We work to find the most effective ways to manage problematic symptoms, which increases your child’s comfort and promotes healing. In some cases, this means teaming up with other healthcare specialists outside palliative care to ind the most effective treatment options.

Beyond symptom management, our palliative care providers fulfill a wide variety of roles to help match your child’s and family’s needs and goals. We support informed decision-making, which means we provide you and your members with the resources you need to make decisions about your child’s care.

Our services include:

Dedicated to Helping Children Live Better

Our team also provides palliative care for children who live with serious or life-limiting medical conditions, such as:

We understand that in many cases, managing these conditions is a life-long process. We help your child transition to adult care programs when appropriate so they can continue to receive the support they need.

Trust Our Expertise of a Dedicated Team

Our pediatric palliative care team includes many specialists who focus solely on palliative care for children. Our multidisciplinary team includes board-certified and fellowship-trained palliative care physicians, as well as:

Contact Us

For more information or speak with a palliative care professional, please call us at (321) 841-2245.