Asking a question like, “What is pain?” might seem silly. Surely everyone knows what pain is, do they not? You accidentally brush your hand on a hot stove or bang your elbow on a table and suddenly it hurts. Pain is a common part of everyday life and it helps us to learn to avoid situations that might cause us harm. Once you know that touching a hot stove is painful, your try to avoid doing it again.
Pain is also a big part of our earliest life experiences. Toddlers fall down and bump into things as they learn to walk and babies cry at the sudden pain of a routine injection. In recent study, researchers observed children aged 1-2 years in a play centre and reported at least one painful event (such as a fall or a bump) per... Read more