Wong Baker FACES Pain Scale
Face 0 is very happy because there is no hurt at all. Face 1-2 hurts just a little bit. Face 3-4 hurts a little more. Face 5-6 hurts even more. Face 7-8 hurts a whole lot. Face 9-10 hurts as much as you can imagine, although you don’t have to be crying to feel this bad.
Brief word instructions: Point to each face using the words to describe the pain intensity. Ask the child to choose the face that best describes how he is feeling and record the appropriate number.
For our younger patients or patients who cannot verbally tell us how much discomfort they are having (including patients in the recovery area that are just waking up from anesthesia), we use a FLACC scale that monitors behaviors.
The doctors and nurses will administer medication to help manage the pain. There are other things that may help to ease the discomfort; here are a few:
When using ice it is recommended that you place a towel or washcloth on the skin and put the ice pack on top of it. The ice should only be held there for 10 minutes at a time.
It may help to ease the discomfort if you change positions. For example, we encourage those patients having sinus procedures to keep their head elevated. This decreases the pressure to the sinus area and therefore helps to ease the pain.
It helps to concentrate on something other than the pain. For children, reading them a story or watching a favorite video will help them to think of something other than the pain or discomfort. For adults, listening to some music or thinking about their favorite vacation spot can help to manage the pain.
You will receive more procedure specific pain relief ideas with your post operative instructions.