Chronic pain: How to assess in older children

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​Discover the signs of chronic pain in an older child and how chronic pain is assessed in medical settings.

​Key points

  • In older children, behavioural signs of chronic pain include avoiding school, avoiding physical activities and regressing to an earlier stage of development, for instance wanting to sleep with a parent.
  • In medical settings, your child may be seen by a number of health-care providers, who will want to know how much your child's pain affects their everyday routine.
  • Health-care providers may use pain scales and/or body diagrams to let older children self-report the level and exact location of their pain.
Last updated: January 25th 2019