Incorrect beliefs about pain in children

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