At Connecticut Children’s, our interdisciplinary team uses a range of evidence-based methods to treat pain in infants, children and adolescents. Our pain specialists work directly with children and their families to manage pain using an array of treatments that may include medicine or procedures.
Connecticut Children’s is committed to being a place where the pain of medical treatment is minimized as much as possible. There is inevitable pain, anxiety and stress associated with illness, diagnostic procedures and hospitalization. Our pain and palliative care specialists may not be able to take away all of the pain, but we will make every effort to reduce it.
Parents are encouraged to help Connecticut Children’s pain specialists understand when your child is in pain and how we can best help. Learn more about Comfort Central »
Our pain specialists care for children of all ages with a wide range of chronic conditions, including:
- Back pain
- Chronic or recurrent abdominal pain
- Fibromyalgia and other central sensitization syndromes
- Migraines and chronic daily headaches
- Pain from cancer or cancer treatments such as bone marrow transplant
- Pain from conditions such as arthritis or lupus, including the bones, joints and muscles
- Pain in children receiving palliative or end-of-life care
- Recurrent pain from conditions such as sickle cell disease
For some children, injections may be one option to help alleviate their pain symptoms. Typically, these injections are performed under sedation or general anesthesia at Connecticut Children’s. In some cases, imaging tools like ultrasound or X-ray can help guide the needles to the appropriate location. Learn more about Interventional Services »
Pain Psychological Services
When pain lasts longer than expected and develops into a chronic pain problem, it can interrupt the lives of children, teens and families in a considerable way. Pain can feel like it has taken control over their lives. When this happens, our pain psychology team can offer support to help children and teens feel like they can better manage their pain and take control back in their lives. We offer training in pain coping skills and behavioral strategies to increase participation in school and extracurricular activities. Our pediatric psychologists can also help with communication with the pain treatment team as well as school staff to support treatment goals. Learn more about Pain Psychological Services »
Pediatric palliative care is an active, total approach to relieve pain and suffering by embracing physical, emotional and spiritual elements with a focus on quality of life for the child and support for the family. Palliative medicine is appropriate for pediatric patients with a disease in any stage. This includes children undergoing treatment for curable illnesses, those living with chronic diseases, as well as pediatric patients who are nearing the end of life. Learn more about Palliative Care »