For Researchers and Clinicians.
Pain in infants
Effective and consistent use of evidence-based strategies aimed at reducing pain during needle-related procedures is important to the short and long-term wellbeing of preterm and term infants and children. Effective consistent early management of procedural pain will put infants and children at less risk of developing fears of needles. In addition, as early pain exposure in preterm infants has been associated with adverse neurological effects, consistent reduction of pain is vital for optimal neurological outcomes.
Research shows that for young infants, breastfeeding, kangaroo care and sucrose prior to and during painful procedures significantly reduces pain.
For clinicians interested in understanding how to bring about improved pain care for hospitalized paediatric patients (infants, children and teens) we recommend the ChildKind International website. ChildKind International is a not for profit non-government organization which accredits hospitals that have a high standard of commitment to evidence based pain care. The process has been developed using evidence-based strategies designed to improve care practices in organizations. This site has a comprehensive resource library that is free for clinicians.
Chronic Pain and Friendships
The effects of friendships on children struggling through chronic pain is an area of research minimally explored. However with the studies that have been conducted, the type of friendships can either help or worsen the issue of pain in adolescents. With the help of further research, The Pain Hub is working on new studies to help understand how best friends and peers can help teens with chronic pain.