Children suffer from chronic pain—which is an often underreported fact in pain management. Children who suffer from chronic illness, pediatric cancer, or have been injured all can be impacted by chronic pain.
If you have had a child in pain you know it is no easier for children to endure than it is for adults.
Understanding that , The U.S. Pain Foundation, The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain and RSDSA have partnered to hold a camp for kids with chronic pain this summer. The camp, which will be held from July 14th-17th for kids in pain, will take place at the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Kentucky. It is free to campers and one of their parents.
As the U.S. Pain Foundation says in an email promoting the camp, “it’s an opportunity for parents and kids who deal with daily pain to kick up their heels and have fun.”
How much does the camp cost?
US Pain, TCAPP, and RSDSA realize that funds are limited for families of those living with pediatric pain and transportation to the camp may seem like an impossible feat. All three organizations, however, have been fundraising to help the families, who need it, with their travel expenses to the camp. In the meantime, families may start their own fundraising to help them travel to the camp.
All applications will be processed by The Center for Courageous Kids and campers/parents will be accepted based on time of application, lodging requirements, and room availability.
If you and your child are interested, here’s what you do:
Step One: Complete the Application On-Line:
Step Two: Print Out the Application, Sign It, Have your Physician Sign It and mail it in to The Center for Courageous Kids. To print out the application and fill it out by hand, click here:
The well-known statistic of 100 million chronic pain sufferers in the U.S. doesn’t include children.
How do you know when your child is in pain?
According to the Stanford University Children’s Health Website:
“Your child may act differently from normal when he or she is hurting. He or she may cry, make faces, or move his or her body in a certain way. Your child might also be very quiet and still because he or she is afraid of moving or does not have enough energy to show you how much pain he or she has. All children are different in how they respond to pain and how much pain they can handle. Something that might hurt one child a lot might not hurt very much to another child. It may be helpful to ask yourself how your child has responded to pain in the past.
Of course, the other answer is a mother always knows!
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