What medications are used to treat pain in children?
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.
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