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  • Hasbro Children's Hospital Parents' Guide: Relieving Your Child's Pain

  • Pain Management Myths

  • There are many misconceptions about medications and pain management.

    False

    True

    Pain medication is addictive.People do not get high from pain medication. It is not addictive when it is used properly. The fear of drug addiction has made people believe that children with long-term pain will get hooked on their pain medication.

    Pain will not be controlled if medication is used for a long period of time.

    If the pain medication no longer provides effective pain relief, the staff safely adjusts the pain medication.

    If the medication doesn't work right away, it won't work at all.

    Everyone responds differently to pain medication and it may take time to choose the best combination of drugs.

    Living with pain is a sign of strength.

    If your child's pain is under control he/she will have more strength to recover.

    Infants do not feel pain.

    Infants and children do feel pain; they express it in different ways than adults.

    If children can be distracted, they are not in pain.

    Even though children can be distracted through social and play activities, they can still be in pain and need to receive medication.

    Children can't tell you where they hurt.

    Children can often identify their pain by using various pain assessment tools or drawings.