Pain management

Many things affect your child's experience of pain. If you are worried or in doubt about your child's pain, talk to your local doctor, or if you are in hospital, a nurse or doctor. If you are unsure about whether or not to give any medication for your child's pain, it is best to get advice from your doctor or pharmacist. For information about a specific medication, see Medicines.

A child leaning forward and crying in pain

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.

The presence of pain can affect all aspects of a child or young person's life and have a big impact on their family/whānau.

As a parent you know your child best. You can help staff to help your child cope with the procedure or surgery.