Pediatric Pain Scales

by Cathy Parkes January 13, 2021 Updated: February 16, 2024

When assessing a child's pain, be sure to use an age-appropriate pain scale, such as CRIES, FLACC for infants, FACES beginning at age 3 or numeric scales after age 8.

When assessing a child's pain, be sure to use an age-appropriate pain scale.

The CRIES or FLACC scales are used for infants, while the FACES scale is used beginning at age 3. Numeric pain scales should not be used until age 8.

To learn more about pediatric pain scales, see our full article here!


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