Childhood pain often occurs in the form of headaches, abdominal pain, limb pain and nerve pain.
Children may sleep or play even when they have significant pain, or they may become moody and difficult to manage. Untreated pain in children can have profound and long-lasting effects on social and physical development.
Chronic pain generally has a better prognosis if treated early in life. Children tend to respond well to multidisciplinary pain management combined with self-management, modified according to their age. If a family believes a child is living with pain, it is important to seek an assessment by a suitably qualified health professional. Should pain persist, the doctor can provide a referral to a paediatric pain specialist and/or paediatric pain clinic. For families in a regional area, this may require travel to a major city, however, there may be telehealth options available.