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What medications are used to treat pain in children?

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These can treat pain in children:

  • Pain meds: Acetaminophen, opioids, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen. Don’t give children under 19 aspirin unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Antidepressants: These affect brain chemicals to ease pain and help with relaxation.
  • Patient-controlled analgesia: A parent or nurse can help children 4 to 6 years old use this.
  • Epidural analgesia: A shot into the epidural space of the spinal cord can help control pain after surgery.

From: Treating Pain in Children WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

SOURCE: 

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

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