Children in Pain - OT276

Children in Pain

by Christina M. Almgren, MS, RN, CPNP
(4.6 / 68 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)


Children’s pain is undertreated for a number of complex and interrelated reasons. These include professionals’ misconceptions about pain and pain management and the complexity of pain assessment (particularly in nonverbal children). Additionally, healthcare professionals’ fears or misconceptions may influence decision making, specifically about the use of opioid analgesics. There is also a lack of awareness among healthcare professionals of the detrimental consequences of unrelieved pain. This program will update healthcare professionals’ knowledge of how to recognize, assess and treat children experiencing pain.


The goal of this continuing education course is to update nurses’, physicians’, and occupational therapists’ knowledge of how to recognize, assess, and treat children experiencing pain. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss how a child’s developmental stage affects his or her perception, understanding, and response to pain.
  • Recognize barriers and myths surrounding pediatric pain and its management.
  • Outline the pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions that can be used to prevent or relieve pain in children.
Content Level: Advanced
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Content Focus
Domain of OT: Client Factors
OT Process: Evaluation
OT Process: Outcomes

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, physicians, and occupational therapists.
Occupational therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC, is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Provider #4000. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
Relias LLC reports completions to the following states utilizing CEBroker: AL, AZ, GA, FL, LA, MS, SC, TN (provider # 50-1489).