Acute pain: How to treat and manage in infants and toddlers

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​As a parent, there is a lot that you can do to help treat your infant's or toddler's acute pain. Find out about the 3P approach to pain management.

Key points

  • The 3P approach to pain management involves using psychological, physical and pharmacological methods to treat and manage pain.
  • Psychological and physical methods are centred on the 'ABCD approach', which involves assessing your own anxiety, belly breathing, comforting your child and providing distraction after their distress has passed its peak level.
  • Pharmacological approaches include numbing creams, sugar water and medications for mild to severe pain, as needed.
Last updated: January 25th 2019