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