Why Is Treating Pain Important?
Treating pain is more than just making a nasty sensation feel better. Pain can affect your child's ability to breathe well, move around or even eat normally. Pain can affect activity, sleep and energy levels as well as alter moods and make it hard for you to talk with your child. Pain management can help get your child home sooner by speeding up the healing process.
How Is Pain Treated?
Pain is treated in many ways. The treatments chosen for your child will depend on your child's circumstances, cause of pain, and medical and psychological condition. (See also Medical Pain, Inpatient Surgical Pain, Outpatient Surgical Pain and Cancer Pain.)
It is very important to understand that pain treatment is an ongoing process. Your child's nurse or doctor will ask you and your child how well the treatment is working and if any side effects need to be addressed.
Your child will continue to be checked for pain and possible side effects, and treatment will be changed as needed. At Cincinnati Children's, the hospital staff wants to make sure that pain is being relieved as best as possible, with minimum side effects.