Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale
Instructions for FACES Pain Rating Scale
This rating scale is recommended for children ages 3 and older.
Brief word instruction: Point to each face using the words to describe the pain
intensity. Ask the child to choose the face that best describes his or her own
pain, and report the appropriate numbers to your nurse.
Explain to the child that each face is for a child who has no pain (hurt) or some,
or a lot. Face O doesnít hurt at all. Face 2 hurts just a little bit. Face 4 hurts a
little more. Face 6 hurts even more. Face 8 hurts a whole lot. Face 10 hurts as
much as you can imagine, although you donít have to be crying to have this
worst pain. Ask the child to choose the face that best describes how much pain
he or she has.