Acute pain: How to assess in infants and toddlers

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Find out how your infant's or toddler's acute pain is assessed at home and in medical settings.

​Key points

  • In infants and toddlers, common causes of acute pain include teething, bumps or falls, and vaccinations by needle.
  • Signs of acute pain in this age group include irritability, whimpering, sudden changes to facial expression and flailing of arms or legs.
  • In medical settings, health-care providers assess pain by using standard tools and checking your baby's heart and breathing rate, and their oxygen levels.
  • Always feel free to share your own opinion and any concerns about your child's pain with the health-care team.
Last updated: January 25th 2019