What do clinicians need to know about 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 truths are still insufficiently appreciated:

  • Even neonates demonstrate behavioral and hormonal changes in response to painful procedures

  • Children do not have to understand the meaning of pain to experience pain

  • Preemptive analgesia/anesthesia may decrease postinjury opioid requirements

  • A child is likely to require deep sedation in many situations where an adult would require minimal or no sedation


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