Feature Article

Managing paediatric pain in general practice

Feature Article

Managing paediatric pain in general practice

Annalee Morales Yuhico, John Collins

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Abstract

Identifying and managing pain appropriately in children is a challenging but vital role for GPs. Both pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions can help relieve and decrease paediatric pain.

Key Points

  • It is essential to anticipate and pay attention to paediatric pain.
  • Prompt use of pain-reduction strategies should be emphasised at the start of the physician–patient relationship.
  • Pain commonly seen in the outpatient setting can be categorised as pain associated with infection, normative pains, musculoskeletal injury and pain associated with procedures.
  • Paediatric pain should be treated using the World Health Organization two-step strategy.
  • Children with chronic pain should be referred to a paediatric pain specialist.

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