a study of University of South Australia have recognized five perspectives Which parents and caregivers can use when talking to young children about everyday pain, and how it can help with their recovery and flexibility after injury.
Bumps and bruises are an unavoidable part of childhood. But while a parent doesn’t want their child to be in pain, teaching children about pain when they are young can help them better understand and respond to pain as they get older.
In this study published in the Scientific Journal ‘European Journal of Pain’Researchers studied pain in young children (ages 2 to 7) and asked experts in child health, psychology, development, and resilience, as well as parents and teachers, about what they think could improve recovery and resilience in children. may be encouraged. Children after minor pain or injury.
With 80 percent consensus among all experts, the most important messages were, first, Teach children the meaning of pain, “Our body’s alarm system”. In the second example, he urged children to validate their pain, ensuring that “they feel safe, heard, and protected, but without being scammed.”
Similarly, they recommend reassuring children after an injury, tell them that their body will heal and the pain will go away. Support children’s feelings too, letting them express themselves, but encouraging them to be in control. Finally, they urge children to be involved in their recovery: encourage them to manage the pain (For example, putting a Band-Aid on them).
“Whether falling off a bike or facing repeated vaccinations, everyday experiences of pain are opportunities for parents to foster positive beliefs and behaviors related to pain. It is important to teach children that pain is our body’s alarm system. And this is to protect us, it is equally important to understand that pain and injury don’t always line up,” said Sarah Wallwork, lead researcher on the paper.
For the doctor, the key is to demonstrate that “the child is the one who is cured and that he actively participates in the process.” “By helping children learn about pain when they are young, we hope to promote lifelong ‘helpful’ pain behaviors that actively promote recovery and prevent future pain problems.”