Chronic pain

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Learn about chronic pain in children and teens. Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than three months and requires various pain management techniques.

Key points

  • Chronic pain is continuous or recurring pain that lasts more than three months and remains after a child has healed from an illness or injury.
  • Chronic pain can be a symptom of a disease or a disease in its own right.
  • Even if there is no clear cause for your child's chronic pain, it is important to believe that their pain is real.
  • Chronic pain can be affected by a number of factors, including genetics, physical health, responses to pain, a child's temperament and family culture.
Last updated: January 25th 2019