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How do children respond to pain?

These are responses to pain you might see in a child of any age:
  • Increased demand for attention and increased crying.
  • Regression. Your child may return to behaviors of a younger child.
  • Sleep difficulties. She may be afraid to sleep alone, be more afraid of the dark, or have nightmares or night terrors.
  • Anxiety. Your child may be watching out all the time for something painful or scary to happen.
  • Fear of strangers or distrust of people she doesn't know, especially healthcare workers.
  • Nervous behaviors such as scratching, picking, or nail biting.
  • Eating problems. Your child may not want to eat.
  • Anger. Your child may get angry about things that normally don't bother her.
  • Concern about her body and more fear or curiosity about death.

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