Reviewed by: Dr Tony Ganado, FRCA, Consultant Anaesthetist.
Illness and children seem to go hand in hand. It’s a natural and
normal part of childhood. They may suffer from a host of illnesses
which, though minor, can be upsetting and stressful for the parent to
deal with, as well as unpleasant for the child to suffer. Other rare
conditions such as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, which are chronic
require a much higher degree of care.
As well as providing comfort and reassurance (often the best tonic a
parent could give) there are many over-the-counter medicines available
in paediatric formulations, which are suitable for children and easy to
It is interesting to note that although children all over the world
suffer from the same types of illnesses, the way they react to the pain
shows differences with respect to culture and religion. These factors do
indeed affect the way pain is perceived and dealt with, as do other
factors such as personality and parental attitude.