Pediatric Pain Management Toolkit

Advocacy Clinicians Hospital Patients & Families Prehospital Trauma

Pain is an extremely complex and individualized phenomenon for each of us. But for children, both the assessment and management of pediatric pain can be a real challenge for health care providers. Recognizing characteristic indicators of pediatric pain, use of pain measurement scales, and pain management (both pharmacological and non-pharmacologic measures of treatment) are important when caring for the children. Additionally, the immediate and long-term consequences for children when pain is unrecognized and untreated are important considerations. This tool box provides key resources and information for the emergency care provider to better understand, assess, and relieve children’s pain in the prehospital and emergency department settings.