Can pain be assessed by just watching a child’s behaviour?
Look at this picture below. Could this “behaviour” suggest that this young girl may be experiencing pain? Yes/no/maybe?
Children have individual strategies of managing or coping with pain that may either be innate or learned. Therefore their behaviour may not provide a realistic presentation of the pain they are experiencing.
How can you identify if a child is experiencing pain?
A thorough pain assessment will help identify if a child is experiencing pain. A thorough assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of the child’s pain, symptoms, daily functioning ability, clinical and psychosocial history. Accurate assessments requires ongoing conversations between the care providers (parents and family), the child and the healthcare team.