How do I recognize pain in my teen?
Teens may display different behaviors when they are in pain or uncomfortable. Your teen may:
- Become quiet
- Have trouble sleeping
- Not eat or drink as much as usual
- Lose interest in family and friends
- Become less active, lie quietly, or curl up in bed
- Become irritable and angry
- Complain of pain
How do I help my teenager manage pain?
Comfort your teenager
Some suggestions include:
- Dimming the lights
- Offering to stay with your teen
- Reducing noise
- Talking to him in calm, comforting way
Use touch to provide comfort
- Offer to massage your teenager’s back
- Offer hugs or to hold your teenager’s hand
Help your teenager focus on something other than pain
Encourage your teenager to:
- Listen to music
- Surf the web or participate in social media
- Take slow, deep breaths
- Read a book
- Play a video or computer game
- Talk about a favorite experience or memory
- Play a game or watch TV
- Do art projects, draw or color
If you have any questions, please ask your doctor, nurse, or child life specialist.
For more information about the Pain Management Program at CHOP or to schedule an appointment, please call 215-590-1409.
Reviewed by: The Pain Management Program team
Date: August 2012