Big push to lower children's pain during hospital visits


October 29, 2012 2:56:41 PM PDT
A trip to the emergency room can often mean pain and anxiety for children. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics is issuing a new report emphasizing the importance of controlling pain and anxiety for children in the ER.

The new report published in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics, among other things, says pain relief should begin even before the patient gets to hospital in the ambulance.

Also, it is important to keep the patient calm.

The report suggests medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or oral narcotics that can help relieve pain, as can topical analgesics and anesthetics to numb areas before the placement of IV catheters.

Also, for the youngest of patients even sugar water can reduce pain.