Parents are often the best judges of their child's pain. Listen to what they tell you and watch what they do. If worried or in doubt about your child's pain, talk to your local doctor or if you are in hospital, a nurse or doctor.
Children have different ways of letting us know they are in pain. The same injury can cause a different amount of pain in different children and the same procedure can cause a different amount of pain each time it is done to the same child.
Research shows that when families are encouraged to maintain their caring role as much as possible, children's anxieties are lessened and the pain they experience is reduced. Families can expect to be as involved in their child's care as they wish to be.
Medicines which relieve pain are called analgesics. If your child is able to take medicine or tablets, this is the way the pain relief will be given. If your child has very strong pain, often the medicine is given intravenously because this method gives a rapid response.
Parents / caregivers benefit from being well prepared for unfamiliar activities, just as children do. Ask your child's nurse to describe the procedure. Ask as many questions as you need to gain a clear understanding of what is to happen and why. Written for childhood cancer patients and also relevant to other children receiving treatment.
Information for kids about going to hospital... Children go to a hospital for lots of different reasons. You may go to hospital to be helped because you are hurt, sick or need an operation. It is a good idea to talk to your family about why you need to go to hospital.
Some techniques which can help your child cope with treatments which they see as uncomfortable or frightening. Written for childhood cancer patients and also relevant to other children receiving treatment.
Play is important for children because of the way it helps them to understand their world. Play promotes learning, growth and development, relaxation, fun and socialisation. Written for childhood cancer patients and also relevant to other children in hospital.
Epidurals are widely used for major operations involving the chest, stomach or lower limbs. An epidural will only be suggested if your surgeon and anaesthetist believe that it will provide the best pain relief and recovery for your child.
When children have strong pain due to surgery, injury or illness, they require continuous pain relief. Morphine and some other opioids (strong pain relievers) can be used intravenously (in the drip). This allows your child to receive pain relief quickly, effectively and continuously if required.