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Helping Hands

When you need additional information, patient education materials matter.

Helping Hand education materials are a valuable resource for patients and families. Written and illustrated by medical, nursing and allied health professionals at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Helping Hand instructions are intended as a supplement to verbal instructions provided by a medical professional. The information is periodically reviewed and revised to reflect our current practice. However, Nationwide Children's Hospital is not responsible for any consequences resulting from the use or misuse of the information in the Helping Hands.


Abdominal Pain: Outpatient
Acanthosis Nigricans
Active Tuberculosis (TB) Disease
Advice for New Moms and Dads
Aerosol Therapy
Allergic Rhinitis
Allergies to Foods
Allergy to Latex
Allergy to Stinging Insects
Anal Manometry
Animal Bites
Ankle Sprain
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear
Antroduodenal Manometry
Appendectomy: Complex Appendicitis
Appendectomy: Simple Appendicitis
Applying for WIC
Arm Restraints
Arnold-Chiari Malformation (ACM) Surgery
Aromatherapy: Essential Oils
Assistance with Baby Items
Asthma and Reactive Airway Disease (RAD) (Wheezing)
Atenolol and Propranolol
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Testing
Bacterial Vaginosis
Bathing Your Baby
Bicycle Safety
Birth Control Pills
Birth Control: Depo-Provera
Bisphosphonate IV Therapy
Blood Counts-Chemo and Radiation Therapy
Blood Donation: Autologous
Blood Donation: Directed
Blood Pressure Measurement
Blood Tests for Clotting Disorders
Blood Transfusion
Body System Cardiovascular
Body System: Gastrointestinal
Body System: Reproductive-Female
Body System: Reproductive–Male
Body System: Respiratory
Body System: Skeletal
Body System: Urinary-Female
Body System: Urinary–Male
Bone Density Scanning (DEXA, DXA)
Bone Marrow Aspiration Test
Bone Marrow Transplant Acute Graft vs Host Disease
Bone Marrow Transplant Isolation Procedures
Bone Scan: Nuclear Medicine
Bottle Feeding
Bottle Feeding: Formula Preparation
Bowel Management Program
Brachial Plexus Injury
Breast Care and Expressing Milk
Breast Milk for Your Hospitalized Infant: Electric Breast Pump
Breast Self-Exam
Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)
Bronchoscopy (Flexible Bronchoscopy and Bronchoalveolar Lavage)
Bronchoscopy and Laryngoscopy
Bullying: Information for Parents
Burn Prevention Activities
Burn Prevention: Infant and Toddler
Burn Prevention: Preschool and School Age
Burn Prevention: Teenage and Adult
Burns: Nutrition
Button Battery Safety
Calming a Fussy Baby
Can You Trust Health Information On The Web?
Capsule Endoscopy
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Infants
Care Conferences for Families
Caregiver Controlled Analgesia (CCA) Inpatient
Cast and Splint Care
Catheterization Record: Intermittent
Caudal Block for Pain Control
Cecostomy Tube
Central Line - Preventing Bloodstream Infections
Cerebral Palsy
Chalasia Scan
Child Care and Illness: Should Your Child Stay Home?
Child Passenger Safety: Infant Car Seat Challenge
Child Safety Seats
Children at Risk of Self Harm Home Care
Children at Risk of Self Harm Hospital Safety
Chromosome Analysis Test
Ciprofloxacin (Cipro®)
Circumcision: Newborn with a Plastibell
Circumcision: Sutured
Clean Catch Urine Collection - Guidelines for Males and Females
Cleft Lip Adhesion
Cleft Lip Repair
Cleft Palate Repair
Cleft Palate Repair: Instructions after Surgery
Cleft Palate Repair: The Surgery
Cleft Palate: Feeding Your Baby
Colic and Crying
Collar and Cuff Sling
Colonic Manometry
Colonic Marker Study
Colonoscopy with General Anesthesia - Adult Patient
Colonoscopy with General Anesthesia - Infants and Toddlers
Colonoscopy with General Anesthesia - Pediatric Patient
Comfort Hold Techniques
Complete Blood Count
Congenital Hypothyroidism
Congestive Heart Failure
Constipation and Fecal Soiling
Constipation: Child Over One Year of Age
Constipation: Infant
Contrast Enema
Cough And Cold Medicine Over-The-Counter (OTC)
Cradle Cap
Crutch Walking
CT Scan
Cystic Fibrosis
Cystogram: Nuclear Medicine
Cystogram: Radiology


Dental Home Care Goals Fact Sheets
Dental Hygiene with Braces
Dental Injury: Post Treatment Instructions
Dental: Teeth and Gum Care
Dental: Teeth and Gum Care for Infants and Toddlers
Dental: Wearing a Palatal Expander
Dental: Wearing a Retainer
Dental: Wearing Braces
Dental: Wearing Elastics
Dental: Wearing Headgear
Dental: Wearing Separators
Designation of Another Person to Consent for Medical Care
Desmopressin Acetate (DDAVP) for Bleeding Disorders
Desmopressin Acetate (DDAVP) for Diabetes Insipidus
Diabetes: Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (Type I)
Diabetes: Ketoacidosis (DKA)
Diabetes: Type 2
Diabetes: What Schools Should Know
Diaper Dermatitis (Diaper Rash)
Diapering Your Hospitalized Infant
Diet: Clear Liquid (Preparation for Procedures)
Digital Blood Pressure Measurement
Digoxin (Lanoxin)
Distal Radius Buckle (Torus) Fracture
Divorce and Children
Dry Skin Care
D-Xylose Absorption Test
Ear Infections (Otitis Media)
Ear Wax
Early Puberty in Boys
Early Puberty in Girls
ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation)
EEG (Electroencephalogram)
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome with Associated Bleeding Symptoms
EMG and NCV Tests
EMG and NCV Without Sedation - Neurology
Enterovirus D68 Infographic
EPT Chlamydia
EPT Trichomoniasis
Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate for GI Motility (EES)
Ethanol Lock
Ewing's Sarcoma
Exercise for Fitness
Exercise Stress Test
Exercises: Breathing, Posture and Chest Mobility
Exercises: Stretching
Exercises: Upper Extremities
Eye Care and Safety
Eye Care: Reasons for Wearing Glasses
Eye Injury - Corneal Abrasion
Eye Medicines
Eye Surgery Under Anesthesia
Eye Test: Vision Screening
Failure to Thrive
Febrile Seizures
Feeding Tube Education
Feeding Your Baby Solid Foods
Fifth Disease
Filgrastim, Neupogen®, G-CSF
Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Thyroid Biopsy
Folic Acid Supplement
Food Poisoning
Foreign Body Removal in Interventional Radiology


Ganglion Cysts
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) in Infants
Gastrointestinal Test (Upper GI Series)
Genital Warts
Genital Warts in Babies and Children
Getting Sober: Families
Getting Sober: Patients
Glucose Tolerance Test (Outpatient)
Granuloma Annulare
Graves’ Disease
Growth Hormone Stimulation Test (Outpatient)
H1N1 (Influenza Virus)
Hand Eczema
Hand Hygiene
Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease
Head Injury-Concussion
Head Injury-Inpatient
Head Injury-Mild
Head Lice
Healthy Sleep Habits for Infants and Toddlers
Healthy Sleep Habits for Older Children and Teens
Helping Children Cope
Helping Children Feel Safe in Stressful Times
Hemophilia Carrier
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Herpes Simplex Virus
HiB Vaccine
Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)
Hirschsprung's Disease
HIV Infection/AIDS
HIV Oral Point of Care Test
HIV/Aids in Childcare
Hodgkins Lymphoma
Holter Monitor
Home Safety for Infants and Toddlers
How and Why to Thicken Liquids
Hydrocortisone Injections
Hydrogen Breath Test
Hypospadias Repair
Ibuprofen - Cardiology
Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP)
Impedance pH Monitoring
Important Phone Numbers for Emergencies
Important Things to Know when Taking Opioids
Increased Intracranial Pressure
Influenza: Who Should Get the Flu Vaccine?
Inhaled Corticosteroids for Asthma
Inhalers: Spacers with Mask
Injections - IM
Injections - Subcutaneous
Intranasal Midazolam (Versed®) - Prefilled Syringe
Intussusception (Inpatient)
Intussusception (Outpatient)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Isotretinoin for Neuroblastoma
IVP (Intravenous Pyelogram)


Palivizumab (Synagis)
Parenting and Childbirth Classes
Patch Testing for Skin Allergies
Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
Pavlik Harness
Pediatric Trigger Thumb
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Percutaneous Pinning
Perioral Dermatitis
Peripheral Nerve Catheter and Pump for Pain Control (PNC) Inpatient
Peripheral Nerve Catheter and Pump for Pain Control (PNC) Outpatient
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
Personal Hygiene
Pinworm Test - Collection Guidelines
Pinworms: Treatment and Prevention
Pityriasis Rosea
Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac
Poison Prevention
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Positional Plagiocephaly (Flattened Head)
Prednisone and Prednisolone
Pregnancy: Issues and Answers
Propranolol for Hemangiomas
Psychogenic Non Epileptic Events
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)
Pyloric Stenosis
Pyogenic Granuloma
Rabies Vaccine Treatment
Radiation Therapy
Rectal Biopsy
Renal Scan: Nuclear Medicine
Respiratory Distress
Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Newborn
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Respiratory Viral Panel PCR (RVPP) and Film Array Viral Panel PCR (FARVPP)
Retinopathy of Prematurity
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Safe Food Preparation
Safe Sleep Practices
Safe Sleep Practices for Babies
Saliva Cortisol Test Collection Guidelines
Scar Management
School and Illness: Should Your Child Stay Home?
Scopolamine Patch
Secondhand Smoke
Second-Hand Smoke
Secondhand Smoke and Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
Seizure Care
Seizures Generalized
Seizures: Focal (Partial)
Sever's Disease
Seymour Fractures
Shaken Baby Syndrome
Sharps Containers at Home
Sibling Rivalry
Sickle Cell Disease and Spleen Crisis
Sickle Cell Trait
SIDS Reduction
Sildenafil (Revatio)
Sleep Study
Sleep Terrors and Sleepwalking
Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)
Sore Throat
Spinal Fusion
Spinal Tap
Staphylococcus Scalded Skin Syndrome
Stem Cell Transplant HLA Typing 1
Stool Collection Guidelines
Stool Specimen Collection: pH, Reducing Substances, Occult Blood, Trypsin, Bilirubin
Stop Smoking
Stop Smoking Programs
Strep Throat
Strokes in Children
Suctioning Nose and Mouth at Home
Suctioning the Nose - Human-Powered Nasal Suction Tube
Suctioning the Nose with a Bulb Syringe
Sunscreen and Sun Protection
Surgery and Your Child
Surgery Centers: Home Preparation Westerville and Main Campus
Swaddling - from Birth to Two Months
Sweat Chloride Test
Syncope in Children

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