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Pediatric Pain Management

  • Jennifer HickmanEmail author
  • Jaya L. Varadarajan


The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage (Cunliffe and Roberts, Curr Anaesth Crit Care 15(4–5):272–283, 2004). The application of the word “pain” is a learned response based on experiences related to injury early in life. Professionals caring for children need to be aware that children are a vulnerable group, and give appropriate consideration and treatment to a child reporting pain to avoid long-term consequences. This chapter will address the neurobiology of pain in children, assessment tools for quantifying pain in children, and approaches to pharmacology of treating pain in children.


Wong-Baker FLACC Nips Faces Pain Scale-Revised Pediatric PCA Pediatric neurobiology Caudal Epidural Cognitive behavioral therapy Child life specialist 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pediatric AnesthesiologyChildren’s Hospital of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Anesthesia and PediatricsChildren’s Hospital of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA

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