Acute pain: How to treat and manage in young children

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Find out how you can use the 3P approach to support your child in acute pain.

Key points

  • The 3P approach to pain management is a mix of psychological, physical and pharmacological strategies, or methods, to treat and manage pain.
  • Psychological strategies include the 'ABCD approach' and ways of talking to your child to best prepare them for a painful procedure.
  • Physical strategies include cold and heat packs, rest and elevating the injured area.
  • Pharmacological strategies include over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers.
Last updated: January 25th 2019