Assessment of Pediatric Pain

  • Paul Karoly


The assessment of pediatric pain is, paradoxically, one of the most complex and one of the simplest acts a health professional can perform. The physician suturing a wound, for example, can readily observe the physical damage, can hear the child’s cries as the procedure ensues (even after an anesthetic has been administered), or can feel the tension in the child’s limbs should the hurt youngster elect to remain silent. “It’ll be over soon,” is a familiar utterance by the doctor, nurse, or parent who unerringly senses that he or she is in the presence of suffering. Therefore, asking the child how much she hurts appears to be as unnecessary as it is unkind.


Pain Intensity Pain Assessment Bone Marrow Aspiration Recurrent Abdominal Pain Family Health History 
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