Acute pain: How to treat and manage in older children

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​Find out how you can use the 3Ps of pain management to support your older child (age six to 12).

​Key points

  • The 3P approach to pain management is a mix of psychological, physical and pharmacological methods to treat and manage pain.
  • Psychological methods include distraction, breathing exercises and ways of talking to your child to best prepare them for a painful procedure.
  • Physical approaches include cold and heat packs, rest, elevating the injured area and massage to relieve any muscle tension.
  • Pharmacological approaches include over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers.
Last updated: January 25th 2019