Young children or children who are very sick often cannot tell us exactly what they are feeling. This can be quite distressing for their caregivers.
Many things affect a child’s experience of pain these can include
It is not always easy to know how much pain a child is in. Listening to what they have to say and watching what they do can assist with this.
Things that may indicate a child is in pain include:
Some children may tell us if they are hurting but may find it difficult to tell how much they are hurting.
Children can use a scale such as the Wong Baker Faces Pain Scale (Show below), This involves asking the child to point to a face that shows how much hurt they are feelings from no pain to hurts worst.