CureSearch for Children's Cancer funds and supportstargeted and innovative children's cancer research with measurableresults, and is the authoritative source of information and resourcesfor all those affected by children's cancer.
There are many causes of pain in children with cancer. Cancer cells in the blood or solid tumors in the body can cause bone or tissue pain. Some side effects of cancer treatment, such as mouth or skin sores, can be painful. Tests, like bone marrow aspirates and lumbar punctures, can be painful.
It is important to tell your healthcare team if your child has pain, so they can determine the cause and work with you to create a plan to decrease the pain as much as possible.
Children of different ages understand and respond to pain differently.
3 -6 months
11 years and older
Always talk with your healthcare provider before giving your child pain medication at home. The type and amount of pain medication and how it is given will depend on the type of pain, your child's weight, and whether or not your child can take medicine by mouth. The use of a tool, such as a pain scale, may be helpful in monitoring your child's pain. Ask your healthcare provider about which pain scale they recommend. The goal is to make your child as comfortable as possible.
Parents usually know how to make their child comfortable. You know your child the best. Tell the members of the healthcare team if you think your child has pain and what has helped to make the pain better in the past.
Some ways that you can help your child feel more comfortable include:
Distraction - Help your child think or focus on something fun or relaxing. Watching a movie and listening to music are examples of distraction. Visual imagery - Have your child person themself in a safe, relaxing, or fun place.
Using any of these methods may help your child feel more relaxed and have less pain. Ask a member of your healthcare team to talk with you about ways to help your child be more comfortable.