Many children undergo operations. The amount of pain an operation causes depends on the kind of surgery and the child. In addition to making your child feel bad, pain after an operation can slow a child's recovery, slow the bowels and interfere with breathing and physical therapy.

The first two days after the operation are usually the worst. Some children will have very little pain by the time they go home; others will need regular doses of pain medicine for a few days. After that, things usually start to get better. There are many ways to help children be comfortable after surgery. Ask your child's doctor which ones are right for your child and the operation he/she is having.