Common Myths About Children's Pain
Myth #1 - "The doctors and nurses will always know if my child is hurting"
Your child is the only person who knows how much pain he or she is having. Parents are also good at determining when their child is hurting. Pain is not something a doctor or nurse can see, therefore they welcome information about pain from parents and the child.
Myth #2 - "Pain is a part of being in the hospital"
Unfortunately, every bit of pain cannot be eliminated for all children who are sick. However, much of it can be controlled to help your child feel better sooner.
Myth #3 - "If my child gets strong pain medicine, he or she will become addicted to it"
An addict is someone who takes drugs to get "high." Kids who take pain medications may "get used to it" and adjustments may need to be made by the doctor. This is normal when a child has been on a medication over time. It is not the same as becoming "addicted."
Myth #4 - Pain medicine will make my child too sleepy or feel "druggy"
Although some pain medications may cause your child to be drowsy, your doctor can make changes to help with this common side effect.
Myth #5 - "The only way to help a child's pain is with a medication"
Children's Hospital has a number of child life specialists who are expertly trained to help kids during painful procedures. They use a number of techniques to help your child at this stressful time, such as distraction, imagery and play.