Pain is an unpleasant sensation that may occur because of an injury, surgery or an illness. Pain is one way our body alerts us to pay attention and seek help. Acute pain short term while chronic pain is long term.
Below is a list of resources that can be helpful in understanding the experience of pain and how to support those around you.
General Pain Information
Many families who come to the hospital are concerned about about their child's pain and comfort. This page created by staff at Alberta Children's Hospital explains how patients and staff can work together to improve pain treatment at ACH.
Pain Resource Centre – AboutKidsHealth
The Pain Team at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto created this extensive guide about many aspects of pain. Some specific articles that may be useful include:
- Pain After an Operation: Taking Care of Your Child's Pain at Home
- Pain At Home: Taking Care of Your Child
- Pain Diary: Pain After an Operation
- Pain Relief: Comfort Kit
- Pain: How to Talk to Kids About Their Pain
Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Pain – Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters
In addition to explaining how children of different ages express pain, this page lists some coping techniques.
- German Pediatric Pain Centre
MyHealth.Alberta Pain Management
An overview about types of pain and their management can be found on the MyHealth.Alberta website.
It Doesn't Have to Hurt
The Centre for Pediatric Pain Research created
It Doesn't Have to Hurtto get research evidence about children's pain directly into the hands of parents who can use it.
My child is in pain
Developed for parents whose children are aged 2-6 years old, this website has practical information that parents can use to help their child with post-surgery pain.
In the article Why Do I Have Pain children (and parents) can learn about how pain happens. There are also some brief articles about various illness and injuries where kids (and parents) can learn about specific causes of pain.
Comforting Your Baby in Intensive Care by Professor Linda Franck
Franck created this online booklet for parents to learn about their baby’s pain and how to work with their healthcare team to comfort their child.
Pain Management During Immunizations for Children
This page provides advice for reducing pain resulting from a vaccination.
Pain BC created this page for those with chronic pain. There is a page for kids and teens too.
Understanding pain – and what's to be done about it in 10 minutes! By Deutsches Kinderschmerzzentrum
Learn about pain and pain management in this cartoon style video.
Managing Infant Pain - Helpful tips by Aboutkidshealth
This video reviews some strategies for parents to help infants and children cope with needle pain.
The Power of a Parent's Touch by IWKHEALTHCENTRE
Watch this short video to learn how researchers have found parents can use breastfeeding and skin-to-skin to help comfort their newborns during painful procedures.
Be Sweet to Babies: Reduce your infant's pain during newborn blood tests by CHEOvideos
Learn how to comfort and help reduce your baby's pain during blood work (or other needle procedures)!
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This guide, written by an expert in pediatric pain management helps parents help their child deal with an array of pain-related challenges.
Written to help parents understand their child’s pain this book also aids parents in helping their child cope with pain.
Written for parents, this book which combines research and personal stories provides guidance to help children manage their pain and live a normal life.
Addressing many aspects and kinds of pain, this book aids families in learning how to help their child cope with pain.
This book helps parents understand various types of pain that their child experiences as well as how to comfort their child.
Written in rhyme, this children's book helps children visualize and communicate pain.
A picture book written for young children to help cope with pain.
This material is designed for information purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please contact your doctor or appropriate health care professional.
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