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Wong Baker FACES Pain rating scale

Page last updated: 21 January 2013

Developed for young patients to communicate how much pain they are feeling.

The image displays the faces representing levels of pain used in the Wong FACES Pain rating scale. D


Explain to the child that each face is for a person who feels happy because he has no pain (hurt) or sad because he has some or a lot of pain.

Face 0   is very happy because he doesn't hurt at all.
Face 1   hurts just a little bit.
Face 2   hurts a little more.
Face 3   hurts even more.
Face 4   hurts a whole lot more.
Face 5   hurts as much as you can imagine, although you do not have to be crying to feel this bad.

Ask the child to choose the face that best describes how he/she is feeling.

Reference: Hockenberry MJ, Wilson D, Winkelstein ML: Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing, ed, 7, St Louis, 2005 p.1259.
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