Pain Management in Children

  • P. Busoni
  • A. Messeri
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In a 1983 report Mather and Mackie stated that children were particularly likely to be denied management which satisfactorily relieved pain [1]. More recently, it has been reported that, even though improvements have been obtained, it is still a challenge to optimize the postoperative pain management of children [2]. Children tend to receive less analgesia than adults and the drugs are often discontinued sooner. Therefore management of pain in children tends to be inadequate in many circumstances. It is not simply true that potent analgesics are dangerous when used in children because of the risk of side effects and addiction. Furthermore, neonates and young children are particularly unfortunate, even if there is no evidence to support the idea that pain is less intense due to their developing nervous system. Pain sensitivity of neonates may be more profound than that of older individuals because their nervous system may be less effective at blocking painful stimuli than that of adults. [3]


Pain Management Nonselective NSAID Postoperative Pain Management Substantia Gelatinosa American Pain Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Busoni
    • 1
  • A. Messeri
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive CareA. Meyer HospitalFlorenceItaly

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