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3 Things Every New Parent Should Know About Pediatric Pain

3 Things Every New Parent Should Know About Pediatric Pain

It’s never fun to witness your child in pain. Such pain can be especially perplexing when you’re unsure of the cause or what to do about it. Thankfully, you don’t have to go it alone. 

At California Pain Medicine Center in Santa Monica, California, expert pain management specialists, Dr. Joshua Prager and Dr. Gabriel Barnard, offer specialized treatment for kids and adolescents experiencing pain so that your whole family can feel better.

Read on to learn a few things every new parent should understand about pediatric pain.

1. Your child will give you cues

Well before your child can speak, they can let you know about pain they’re experiencing in nonverbal ways. Signs your infant may be in pain include:

While some of these signs may appear on their own when your child isn’t in pain, a combination may indicate a painful condition. 

2. You play an important role in your child’s relief

Whether your child is an infant or a teenager, your role as a parent is important in bringing relief. You know your child best and, particularly early in life, they’ll rely on you to navigate difficult situations. To help us provide the best possible care, take note of any changes in your child’s behavior so we can discuss them. 

If at any point you feel that your child’s pain isn’t being minimized sufficiently or if symptoms change, tell your provider at California Pain Medicine Center. You can also support your child with relaxing activities, such as holding, rocking, massaging, and speaking in a calm voice.

3. Treatment can go far

Once we have a sense of the cause of your child’s pain, we’ll recommend a treatment plan. Some of the conditions that fuel pediatric pain include headaches, injuries, digestive conditions, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, and cancer. 

Depending on the specifics of your child’s condition, your treatment plan may include dietary changes, pain-relieving medication, and sugar water (containing 24% sweetener) before and after procedures involving needles. Changing their environment by reducing bright lights or loud sounds may help, too.

Young children and teens may also benefit from treatments such as acupuncture, physical therapy, biofeedback, therapeutic ultrasound, and hydrotherapy. They may also benefit from psychotherapy and learning helpful skills like guided imagery and relaxation exercises.

To learn more about pediatric pain or get the care your child needs, call our office at 310-264-7246 or request an appointment through our website today.

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