The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Scale combines pictures and numbers for pain ratings and used for anyone over 3 years old.

Six faces show different expressions from happy to extremely upset wth a rating between 0 (smiling) and 10 (crying). If you have pain, you point to the picture that best represents the degree and intensity of your pain.

Have you ever thought why everything else is measured with actual numbers and ranges? For example, you should have blood pressure between 80-120. Or Eye sight of 20-20? But you can only guesstimate what your pain level is.

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