Common myths about pain in children
Common incorrect ideas or myths about pain are:
- Children do not feel pain to the same degree as adults.
- Babies do not feel pain.
- Pain cannot be assessed accurately in children, especially if they cannot tell you.
- Pain does not exist if there is no detectable tissue damage.
- Children will always tell you when they are in pain.
- Children get used to pain.
- Pain relief medications especially opioids are too dangerous and addictive for use in children.
- Children will always become addicted to pain relief medications if used for long periods