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How do you manage chronic pain in children?

Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,662 Disability Gamechanger
edited April 2020 in Parents and carers

On the community between Monday 29th July and Friday 9th August we are discussing chronic pain and fatigue. We are aware that these conditions not only affect adults, but that children can also experience chronic pain.

Seeing your child in pain cannot be nice at all, yet how often do these things get discussed?

How do you know if you child is in pain?

A good first step can be to ask your child if they have any pain. Depending on the age or disability of your child, this may have different levels of success.

It is also possible to use a pain scale. The Faces Pain Scale has been designed for children aged 3 or above, yet it is now commonly used within adults as well.

Helping my child who is in pain

Supporting a child in pain can be done in numerous ways. An article on helping your child cope with pain highlighted the following ways:

  • Breathing
  • Imagination
  • Relaxation
  • Distraction
  • Redirection

Here is a very comprehensive journal article about helping children who are in pain.

How do you support your child when they are in pain? Is there a method you use to gauge your child’s pain levels? Let us know in the comments below.

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