Educational Series: Paediatric Analgesia

In this review:

Management of pain in children is often suboptimal, as a result of misconceptions that children do
not feel pain in the same way as adults do, and for fear of adverse events to analgesic medication.1-3
However, in most acute childhood presentations associated with pain, analgesia should be used to
provide short-term symptomatic relief while the cause of the pain is being investigated and managed.4
Pain experiences in childhood may shape future pain experiences in adulthood.5 Paracetamol and
ibuprofen are the most appropriate agents for children with mild pain.


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