Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Acute Pain Management in Infants

  • Rebecca Pillai Riddell
  • Bonnie J. Stevens
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_71


Infant pain treatment; Infant Pain Reduction/Therapy/Treatment; infant pain therapy; Pain Management in Infants


Infant pain management is defined as any strategy or technique administered to an infant experiencing pain with the intention of lessening pain sensation and / or perception. Pain management strategies include the drugs described in the essay  pain management, pharmacotherapy and varied nonpharmacological (contextual, psychological and physical) interventions described in this essay. Pain management during infancy has been almost exclusively focused on acute procedural (including post-operative) pain (although recent work is beginning to focus on assessment and treatment in prolonged and chronic pain), thus the emphasis throughout this essay will be on pain reduction strategies for acute procedural pain.


Developmental and Caregiver Considerations

A sensitive appreciation of infants in pain and their complete reliance on their caregivers is...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca Pillai Riddell
    • 1
  • Bonnie J. Stevens
    • 2
  1. 1.York University and The Hospital for Sick KidsTorontoONCanada
  2. 2.University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoONCanada