What happens when pain is untreated in children?
Children feel pain in exactly the same way as adults do. Therefore untreated pain can have the following affects:
- Untreated acute pain can lead to a metabolic changes that increase morbidity and even mortality.
- Untreated acute pain can result in chronic pain.
- Exposure to painful procedures, especially newborn babies, can reset the pain threshold for the rest of the child’s life.
- Untreated pain can cause anxiety, depression irritability and exhaustion.
What happens when pain is treated in children?
When a child’s pain is well treated the following can happen:
- Morbidity and even mortality can be decreased.
- The child’s quality of life can be improved.
- Insomnia (poor sleeping) can be reduced.
- Depression in older children and adolescents can be lifted especially if they are experiencing chronic pain