What analgesics can we safely prescribe to children, and what should we not prescribe?
In previous issues of Medical History Mysteries, we’ve covered local anesthetics for pediatric patients, how to safely treat your breastfeeding patients, and the safest local anesthetic for pregnant patients.
Now, how do we treat kids for pain?
The first thing is to realize that children are very resilient; they don’t necessarily need as much pain management as an adult patient might. Overall, they are more tolerant of pain than we are as adults.
So, while this is a good starting point, we certainly don’t want to rule out the use of analgesics when they are deemed clinically necessary. My first and only go-to is acetaminophen. But how do we determine the dose, and what dangers should we be cautious about?
In this episode, we’ll discuss safe prescribing of analgesics for pediatric dental patients, negative aspects to be aware of, proper dosing for acetaminophen, and whether we should ever consider using NSAIDs or opioids to treat pain in our youngest patients.
Absolutely critical is, we need to be the experts our patients are looking for us to be. Above all, we must be conservative with our recommendations and prescriptions, especially for the pediatric population.
More Medical History Mysteries videos:
- Local anesthetics for pediatric patients
- How to safely treat your breastfeeding patients
- What’s the safest local anesthetic for pregnant patients?
- 5 things that should be in every medical history