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Procedural and Acute Pain in Children 

Procedural and Acute Pain in Children
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Procedural and Acute Pain in Children
Author(s):

Joy A. Weydert

and Mark Connelly

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199315246.003.0052
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date: 26 May 2019

Treating pain during routine medical procedures and in acute painful medical conditions is critical for limiting the adverse long-term effects of untreated pain in children. The combination of conventional analgesic treatment along with complementary therapies to treat acute pain in children is highly recommended given the evidence based in support of both. In particular, mind-body strategies such as distraction and relaxation, body-based therapies such as comfort holding and massage, acupuncture, and complementary biological therapies (e.g., sucrose for infants undergoing medical procedures, homeopathic remedies for acute otitis media) should be considered in combination with conventional medications (e.g., topical or oral analgesics) for the management of procedural and acute pain in children.

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