How can we prevent chronic pain in children?


  • Harsh parenting and sleep disturbance in early childhood are associated with increasing pain symptoms, so targeting these predictors of pain trajectories may prevent pediatric pain.

Why this matters

  • The prevalence of chronic pediatric pain ranges from 11–38% and is associated with frequent healthcare use and impaired psychosocial function.

  • There is currently a lack of large longitudinal studies investigating pediatric pain trajectory patterns and associations between pediatric pain, mental health, and substance use.

  • This study addresses the current research gaps, as it is the first study examining the trajectories of pediatric pain symptoms from early childhood to middle adolescence.