We care about your child’s comfort. You know your child best. We want to partner with you to help control your child’s pain. If you have questions or concerns, please let your child’s nurse know. While we may not be able to totally get rid of all your child’s pain, we can reduce it.
The first step is to assess your child’s pain using pain scales. The type of scale we use is based on your child’s age, ability to communicate and preference. The pain scale you choose is used the whole time your child is in the hospital unless your child’s condition changes.
We work with you and your child to come up with a goal for pain control.
Making a Plan
We will use medicine and non-drug methods to control your child’s pain. We will ask you what has worked before to control your child’s pain. We will put that into your child’s plan of care, if we are able to. We will also teach you about other methods for pain control. Often, medicine combined with other comfort methods will give the best pain relief.
If you think your child needs pain medicine, please let your child’s nurse know. In the hospital, a doctor must order pain medicine before a nurse can give it to a patient. Your child’s nurse works with you to decide what is needed. In clinic, your child’s doctor or nurse talks with you about a pain medicine plan.
What You Can Do
You can use some simple methods to comfort and distract your child if they seem to be in pain.
Singing or soft music
Rocking with your child in a rocking chair
Holding a comfort item or blanket
Watching a movie
Reading a book
Other things you do to comfort your child
Ask about our non-drug pain control options for kids. The nurse, nursing assistant or child life specialist can help you choose the best tools and show you how to use them.
Faces Legs Activity Cry Consolability Revised Scale (FLACC-R)
This scale is used for children older than one year that cannot report their pain. They may be too young to speak or do not understand questions we are asking them. Some children may never really understand how to report their pain. This scale is also helpful for children with developmental differences.
A child scores a 0, 1 or 2 in each category based on their behavior. We then add up the total score. If a child scores a 3 or higher, they are likely having some pain or discomfort. We will then likely start methods to reduce pain. If you notice other behaviors that tell you your child is in pain, please let your child’s nurse know.