Table 1

Themes and subthemes

Main themeSubthemes
Children’s wide-ranging experiences of painA spectrum of pain: (‘dull’ to ‘being stabbed’)
Distribution of pain: from ‘everywhere’ to specific body sites
Random to specific triggers for pain
Negative impact of painLimited and altered participation in education and leisure
Limiting basic daily activities
Negative impact of pain on mental health
Pushing through despite the pain
Lack of effective treatment for painA range of treatments (prescribed to home treatments)
Limited to no impact on pain
Negative side effects