3 Common Sources of Pain in Children and How to Recognize It
It’s difficult for children, especially small children, to not only understand what pain is but how to tell you that they are in pain. Some children may cry, become irritable, withdrawn, or simply stop doing things they like to do. The most notable sign that something is wrong is a change in normal behavior.
Despite the resiliency and accelerated healing that most children and teenagers experience, it is still incredibly important in Friendswood to teach healthy wellness habits and prevention practices to keep children growing healthy, strong, and pain-free.
Do Children Experience Pain?
Children experience more pain than we think they do. Some children experience challenges in the first years of life having been born with health conditions, where others may experience painful conditions from physical activities such as football. With the insurgence of personal technological devices that are more and more accessible to youth, decrease in physical activity, and challenges in meeting nutritional needs, more children experience painful conditions before they reach adulthood.
Children may experience pain in a number of ways. The most common complaint of pain in children is:
- Stomach pain
- Muscle, bone and joint pain
According to a report titled “Pain in Children: Neglected, Unaddressed, and Mismanaged” not only is pain misunderstood and often goes under treated or not treated at all. This is especially the case among children. In fact, the report continues:
“Each year, 1.5 million children have surgery, and many receive inadequate pain relief and in 20% of cases, the pain becomes chronic. Of children aged 5–17 years, 20% suffer headaches. More than one-third of children complain of abdominal pain lasting two weeks or longer. Juvenile arthritis, which causes joint inflammation and aches, affects nearly 250,000 people under the age of 16 years.”
With the instance of pain among children so prevalent, it is important to ask our children questions about how they feel, particularly in cases of odd behavior or behavior that is uncharacteristic. Also, ask children to point to their bodies to show where they hurt and how the pain travels through them.
If your child is exhibiting unusual behavior or has identified a source of pain, you should seek the help of a health care provider. Where more and more adult Americans are taking up prevention and wellness practices, it should not be taken for granted that these practices are not necessary for children.
Chiropractic care is becoming more and more popular within the pediatric population. In fact, 1 in 5 children are under regular care of a Chiropractor! In fact, “An estimated 420,000 pediatric chiropractic visits were made in the Boston metropolitan area in 1998…” according to JAMA. Although, there is currently limited research on chiropractic and children, adverse reaction of spinal manipulation in adults is reported to occur once is every 5.85 million and has “very, very low risk of side effects”.
If you're thinking Chiropractic may be right your you and your family, Forever Well Chiropractic recommends sitting down for a consultation with Dr. Haywood. He has been able to not only help young adults overcome painful conditions such as scoliosis but has also worked with the youngest of children to help them start growing right.