What can be done when a child is in pain—and medications are not the best solution? Presenters at the Pain Week conference suggested that physical interventions, distraction, and relaxation may be very useful techniques. For an infant, a pacifier dipped in sucrose, or a warm blanket, or ice for injuries may help. Distraction may reduce pain up to 25%. For the older child, stories, games, and interacting with an electronic device may be helpful.
LifeTip: Being patient, loving, and creative may help kids in pain deal with the trauma without medications.
Adapted from PositiveChoices.com