Are you worried because your child:
- Is still having pain or discomfort?
Pain from the injury or illness cannot always be managed completely, but nurses and doctors do their best to get it under control as soon as possible. At the hospital, you can work with the nurses and doctors to help ensure that your child’s pain is managed as much as possible. Back at home, following up with your child’s nurse or doctor may be needed if your child’s pain is getting worse or if it interferes with getting a good night’s sleep or paying attention in school.
How can you help your child manage pain?
- Follow pain management instructions.
At the hospital, be sure you understand the team’s plan for managing your child’s pain. Pain management can include medication and other methods (like distraction and breathing during a procedure) to help your child. Back at home,be sure to use any instructions for managing your child’s pain that were given to you by your healthcare provider. If your child has been prescribed pain medications, make sure to give them according to your doctor’s directions. And be sure to follow any other suggestions your nurse or doctor may have given you for helping your child with pain. If you aren’t sure what to do – ask!
- Keep a pain diary.
Writing down and keeping track of your child’s pain, how bad it is, when it happens, what makes it better, and what makes it worse. If your child has pain that is interfering with sleep, making it harder to fall asleep or waking them up during the night, talk with your child’s nurse or doctor about controlling pain at bedtime and through the night.
- Call your child’s doctor
Tell them that your child’s pain is not getting better. Your child should have less pain over time. Let you child’s nurse or doctor know how you are using the pain medicines for your child. You should consider scheduling an appointment to see your child’s doctor (bring along any medicines your child is taking). Ask your nurse or doctor to review your child’s pain medicine and the directions for using them.
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