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Analgesia for Children in Acute Pain in the Post-codeine Era

[ Vol. 14 , Issue. 1 ]

Author(s):

Naveen Poonai* and Rongbu Zhu   Pages 34 - 40 ( 7 )

Abstract:


Background: Acute pain is one of the most common presenting complaints in pediatric patients presenting to the emergency department. Recently, concern about the safety of narcotics such as codeine has sparked a renewed interest in opioids such as morphine and intranasal fentanyl.

Objectives: Consequently, opioids are being increasingly used in the clinical setting. Despite this, there is ample evidence that clinicians are less willing to offer opioids to children compared to adults.

Methods: The reasons for this are multifactorial but nevertheless, the provision of adequate analgesia in children is echoed by a several academic societies as a priority for comprehensive care. To address this mandate, evidence for therapies such as oral morphine, topical analgesia, and intranasal fentanyl is now mounting.

Result and Conclusions: This review will discuss the evidence and effectiveness of analgesia for children with acutely painful conditions in the post-codeine era.

Keywords:

Morphine, opioid, fracture, pain, otitis, abdomen, analgesia, pediatric, codeine.

Affiliation:

Department of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London, Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London, Ontario

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