Is My Child in Pain?
Children may be resilient but likely they will experience pain as they grow, in fact, per a study published in National Center for Biotechnology Information, as many as 40% of children and adolescents complain of pain that occurs at least once weekly, and chronic pain affects at least 15%–20% of children. When your child is in pain you often feel helpless and confused as to what to do. It’s important to take a deep breath, relax and assess the situation so that you can be the most help to your child during this time.
What Types of Pain Are There?
Acute pain is the most common type of pain and the one that is likely to be experienced several times as your child grows. Acute pain is pain that is temporary, lasting from a few minutes to a few hours or days but not more than 3 months. Examples of acute pain can include pain after a shot to pain experienced with different illnesses to pain experienced after an operation.
Chronic or Persistent Pain
Chronic Pain is much more complicated and is described as pain lasting more than 3 months. This type of pain can be persistent, or it may come and go. Chronic pain may be related to diseases and should be assessed by a medical doctor as it can be life-altering.
My Child is in Pain, What Can I Do?
Often times as a parent we feel helpless when our children are in pain. Doctors are very reluctant to give prescription pain medication to children for good reason, this is the case in all children up to their adult years. Prescription pain medication can be dangerous and addicting. Pain can sometimes be managed by over-the-counter medications and they may be successful in providing temporary relief. Other types of pain management methods are being used such as meditation, relaxation techniques and distractions but when these methods just aren’t enough you may feel defeated. Don’t worry there is more that can be done…read on.