It Doesn't Have to Hurt

We’ve teamed up with the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research to educate parents about how to help their kids when they're in pain. From newborns, and infants, to toddlers, school-aged children, teens, and tweens, there are ways to help all of them cope with childhood pain from illness, surgery, needles, headaches, and more. Remember, it really doesn't have to hurt.

Did you know each of these things can help to reduce your kid's pain? | YMCHealth |
Did you know each of these things can help to reduce your kid's pain?
by: Erica Ehm
Pain management in a crisis is something no parent ever wants to deal with but it's something every parent should know.

No two people feel pain the same way. So sometimes it's worth thinking outside the box.
I’ve never enjoyed getting needles, but I’ve never really been afraid of them, either. But my son is fearful. And I've made some mistakes in the past.

If my son tells me he’s feeling sick or something hurts, I believe him – but I want to understand the cause.
This mom thought her daughter was in for a fun-filled day at a birthday party. Instead, what they got was an ambulance ride, hospitals, and broken bones.
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Welcome to Womanhood: Pass the Pain Relievers
The three Golden Rules to follow when you, or anyone else, has her period.
When their daughter started experiencing pain throughout her body, this family discovered that not all illnesses are visible on the outside.
Growing Pains: Real? Or Not Real?
The term “growing pains” has the sound of an old wives’ tale, but surely, isn’t a real thing...or is it?
Parents of Children with Autism: How to Deal with Pain Management
Essential resources for parents of non-verbal, children with autism and tips to help determine when and if they are in pain.
This Is How to Tell How Much Pain Your Kid Is Feeling
When is your child really in pain and when is it fear of what is about to happen? There are ways you can figure it out and help your kids.
How to Prepare for & Manage Your Kid's Post-Surgery Pain
With same-day surgeries becoming more and more common, it's up to parents to assess and ease pain. Here's what you need to know.
Puzzling Pain In Your Kid: How to Identify It and Get Help
Before my daughter sprained her ankle, I had always assumed pain flowed directly from logical or visual physical evidence. I'll never make that mistake again.
Learn this unique trifecta for managing your kid's pain the next time they have to get a needle.
Learn how to instantly relieve your baby’s pain and provide comfort when she is in pain.
How You Can Help Reduce Your Kids' Immunization Pain
The five P's that will help you support your kids and ease their fears when getting a needle.
How to Help Your Kid Cope with Recurrent Pain
Is your kid faking it? Should he go to school? The answers to the most common questions and strategies to help your child when pain occurs.
Why Aren't Kids Getting Proper Help for Their Pain?
Let's come together as a community to help make important changes and ensure children get the best pain care possible - including yours.
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Fear of Needles in Kids
I cannot remember a time when I was not terrified of needles. And to my great dismay, it seems I’ve passed this phobia onto my daughter.