Please note: The Comfort Promise Program is not yet available everywhere at UCSF. We're rolling it out over time and hope to have it in place at all our pediatric hospitals and clinics by the end of 2024. To find out whether it's in effect in your child's unit, clinic or lab, check with the medical team there.


At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, we've made a Comfort Promise. What this means: We will do everything we can to make needle procedures as painless as possible for your child.

Below you'll find details about simple pain-prevention tools and techniques for kids 6 to 12 years old. Chronological age doesn't always match developmental age, so choose the age guidance you think will work best for your child.