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Common Myths About Children's Pain
Common Myths About Infant's Pain
Pain Control for Children
Pain Management and Evaluation


Children's Pain Bill of Rights

Patients Have a Right To:

  • Know what pain to expect and how long it might last
  • Have pain questions answered
  • Make a pain plan with doctors and nurses
  • Tell your pain and pain medicine history
  • Know what medicine and treatments will be used
  • Know the up-side and down-side of treatments
  • Know what non-medicine pain treatments might help
  • Have your pain stopped or controlled
  • Be believed when you say you have pain
  • Be checked for pain using a pain scale
  • Ask for changes if your pain continues
  • Have your family help with pain decisions
  • Have your doctors and nurses care about you
  • Get your pain medicine on time
  • Get another opinion or ask for a pain specialist
  • See your records when you ask for them
  • Remind your doctors and nurses that taking care of your pain is part of taking care of you

 Parents Have a Right To:

  • Act on the behalf of your child
  • Have your child's pain controlled adequately
  • Discuss your child's pain history and pain behavior
  • Tell what special name for hurt your child uses (such as "boo-boo", "owie", or other)
  • Receive comfort for your child when he/she is in pain
  • Know what kind of pain can be expected and for how long
  • Know how pain will be controlled before, during, and after any procedure
  • Know the risks, benefits, and side effects of medications
  • Be with your child before, during, and immediately after a medical procedure
  • Be with your child up to and immediately after surgery
  • Have a commitment from doctors and nurses to assess pain on a regular basis
  • Have doctors and nurse use topical and/or local anesthetics before any injections, needle sticks, or invasive procedures
  • Have postoperative pain managed aggressively
  • Request painless methods of administering medications (oral or intravenous line, instead of injection)
  • Have doctors and nurse listen to your assessment of how much pain your child is experiencing
  • Remind those who care for your child that pain management is an important part of any diagnostic, medical, or surgical procedure
  • Request a second opinion if you feel your child's pain is being poorly managed
  • Act as an aggressive advocate for your child
  • Request a Child Life Specialist to provide non-pharmacological interventions during procedures



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