What are the myths regarding pediatric pain management?

Updated: May 08, 2018
  • Author: Wan-Tsu Wendy Chang, MD; Chief Editor: Ted Rosenkrantz, MD  more...
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The following 4 myths regarding children and pain management are still commonly encountered:

  • Children’s immature central nervous system (CNS) cannot experience pain

  • Children have no memory of pain

  • A given injury elicits a "correct" amount of pain

  • Children easily become addicted to opioids


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