Big push to lower children's pain during hospital visits

October 29, 2012

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.

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