Keeping Kids Comfortable
As a parent you can work with the health care team to help your child manage pain. Together, we can use pain medication and non-medicine options to help.
Every young patient has the right to be as comfortable as possible. The hospital staff will ask you and your child about pain control during your hospital stay. It is important for you to tell the doctor or nurse what has helped to control pain in the past. We also want to know what has not worked.
Pain can slow the healing process. Pain control can help your child get better quicker. Less pain allows children to play and rest. Pain should be addressed as soon as it starts. The longer you wait, the more difficult it is to ease pain. This is a key step in proper pain management.
To treat pain correctly, your nurse will ask you and your child about the pain frequently. Asking about changes in pain provides better pain care. At Good Samaritan Hospital we use different ways to measure a child’s pain such as listening to what your child says about their pain and watching your child’s activities (i.e., facial expressions and holding the area that hurts). We want to know if a child is less active, or sleeping or eating less because of the pain. Pain, anxiety and stress can also change how a body functions. We check your child’s body for changes in heart rate, blood pressure, or breathing.
Pain medicine can be given to your child in one of four ways.
- Intravenous or IV
- Muscle injection
Ask your nurse or Child Life Specialist about non-medicine options to decrease your child’s pain. These include:
- Rocking and holding your child
- Changing positions
- Elevating the surgical area
- Hot or cold packs
- Music, stories, or videos
- Blowing bubbles and daydreaming
We want every child to be pain free. Unfortunately, some children will continue to feel some discomfort. We will do our best to reduce or relieve your child’s pain as much as possible.