Childhood pain often occurs in the form of headaches, abdominal pain, limb pain and nerve pain, however, it can be very difficult to recognise. 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. It can also cause emotional and financial stress for the whole family.
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 you suspect your child is living with pain, it is important to have them thoroughly assessed by a suitably qualified health professional. Should pain persist, ask your doctor for a referral to a paediatric pain specialist and/or paediatric pain clinic. If you live in a regional area, this may require travel to a major city, however, there may be telehealth options available.