5.5b Recognise the signs that an individual is in pain or discomfort. This could include: Verbal reporting from the individual, Non-verbal communication, Changes in behaviour

When an individual is in pain or discomfort, there are usually signs that signify this. You should take the time to learn these signs so that you can recognise whether the individual will need support to feel at ease. Apart from the individual telling you that they are in pain themselves, here are some of the signs you should watch out for:

  • Doubling over
  • Gritted teeth
  • Pale complexion
  • Sweating
  • Tears
  • Furrowed brows
  • Suddenly becoming very quiet, tearful or aggressive

When you notice one of these signs, you should ask the individual if they are uncomfortable and whether you can do anything to help them. If the individual gives their consent, you should then take steps to minimise their pain and discomfort and make them feel better. By noticing these signs. you can help the individual feel more comfortable and possibly prevent their pain and discomfort from becoming more intense.

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