Nearly all patients with acute pancreatitis (AP) experience some degree of abdominal pain that is severe enough to prompt medical evaluation and necessitate analgesia. Effective analgesia is a priority in caring for such patients. Despite its importance, strategies for pain management in AP have been poorly studied, particularly in the field of pediatrics. Presently, no published data examine the management of pain because of AP in children at the time of initial presentation. Management approaches are often extrapolated from adult practice and based on anecdotal experience in the absence of objective data. The aim of our study was to examine the initial provision of analgesia to children who presented to a pediatric emergency department with AP.