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When a child is in pain, his or her parents usually know
it. But pain can be hard for a child to describe. An older child may be
able to describe the pain as sharp or cramping or tell whether the pain comes
and goes (intermittent). A child between the ages of 18 months and 3 years may
complain of pain or tell you he or she is not feeling well. But the signs of
pain in a very young child can sometimes be hard to recognize. Watch for
changes in how your child acts.
The signs listed below may help
you decide whether your child's pain is mild, moderate, or severe. A child with
severe pain will have more of these behaviors, the behaviors will be more
constant, and you will be less able to comfort the child. Look for:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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