Acute pain: How to assess in older children

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Discover how to assess acute pain in an older child (age six to 12) at home and in medical settings.

Key points

  • ​In older children, common causes of acute pain include routine vaccinations, infections, surgeries and complex health conditions.
  • At this age, children can self-report their pain rather than have a parent or health-care professional speak for them.
  • In medical settings, health-care providers may still want to assess your child's pain with tools such as the Faces Pain Scale - Revised or other tools if your child cannot express their pain in words.
  • Help your child feel safe to report their pain so they can receive the most appropriate assessment and treatment.
Last updated: January 25th 2019