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How can doctors tell how much pain a child is in?

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The hardest part of treating pain in children is knowing their level of pain. Doctors use three ways to assess the level of pain a child is feeling:

  • Self-reported measures of pain: A scale of 1-10 or pictures that reflect different emotions can be used.
  • Behavioral measures of pain: This takes into account motor responses, facial expressions, crying, and other behavior.
  • Physiologic measures of pain: Blood pressure, pulse changes, and palm sweating can offer clues.

From: Treating Pain in Children WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

SOURCE: 

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

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