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Pain in children

About pain

Pain is your body's way of telling you that something is wrong. You feel pain through nerves in your skin and organs that send pain signals to your brain. Pain can happen because of an injury, illness, or health problem, or after a surgery or procedure.

It can be stressful for your child when they have pain. Your child might feel scared and not know why they have pain or how to feel better. And if your child can't communicate because of their age or a health or developmental condition, it can be hard for you to understand what your child is feeling.

The information here will tell you about different kinds of pain, how your child's pain is assessed and treated, and how to prevent your child from having pain.

This topic will cover 3 kinds of pain:​​

Acute pain
Transitional pain
Chronic pain

Remember that you are your child’s best support. If you think your healthcare provider does not understand your child’s pain, is not offering the right treatments, or treatments aren’t working, talk to them about it.​

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