Many things affect your child's experience of pain. If you are worried or in doubt about your child's pain, talk to your local doctor, or if you are in hospital, a nurse or doctor. If you are unsure about whether or not to give any medication for your child's pain, it is best to get advice from your doctor or pharmacist. For information about a specific medication, see Medicines.
Parents are often the best judges of their child's pain. Listen to what they tell you and watch what they do. If worried or in doubt about your child's pain, talk to your local doctor or if you are in hospital, a nurse or doctor.
PCA stands for patient controlled analgesia. A PCA pump is a device that allows your child to give themselves a pre-set amount of pain medicine (usually morphine), as needed, by pressing a hand-held button.
A morphine infusion is pain relieving medicine your child receives continuously through a pump. Children usually have it after an operation but can sometimes have it to manage pain that results from a medical condition.