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Home-going care: Pain control

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This handout was written to answer frequently asked questions regarding pain control. Examples include fractures, sprains, ear pain, post-operative pain after procedures or long-term (chronic) pain.

WHAT IS PAIN CONTROL?
It is your child’s right to experience relief from pain and have a pain management plan. It is you or your child’s responsibility to tell your health care provider about pain and if the pain is being relieved. Your health care provider will work with you to relieve your child’s pain.

Ways to Relieve Pain:
Medications:
- liquids - pills
- suppositories - patches
- injections into the skin, vein, muscle or spine (epidural)
Other Ways to Relieve Pain Include:
- repositioning - rest
- use of heat/cold (as directed) - massage
- distraction (playing, music, videos, rocking, holding)

WHAT MEDICINE DID MY CHILD RECEIVE AT CMC TO RELIEVE HIS/HER PAIN?
(Name/time/dose):
(Name/time/dose):

WHAT MEDICINE CAN MY CHILD TAKE FOR PAIN?
You may give your child ______________________________ (medication) __________________(dose) every _____________ (hours) as needed for pain.

WHAT OTHER THINGS CAN I DO FOR MY CHILD’S PAIN RELIEF?
[ ] For ear pain:
[ ] For fractures/sprain:
heating pad elevate and rest for 48-hours
[ ] or ice bag for 20-minutes
Other:

CAN MY CHILD TAKE ANY OTHER MEDICATION FOR PAIN IF THE PRESCRIBED MEDICINE DOES NOT WORK?
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:

1. With liquid medicines, shake the bottle well before pouring the dose your child needs. Ask if the medicine needs to be refrigerated and taken with or without food.
2. Use only medication spoons, syringes or medicine cups to measure medication (teaspoons used for food vary in amount).
3. Give medicine as prescribed by your doctor.
4. Always place medications out of the reach of children.

WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT MY CHILD’S DOCTOR?
- if your child’s pain is not relieved or is worsening
- if your child is vomiting his/her medication or
- if your child is having severe side effects of his/her medication

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY IF YOUR CHILD HAS ANY OF THESE SIDE EFFECTS:
- excessive sleepiness and/or your child is difficult to arouse
- wheezing
- difficulty breathing
- rash
- swelling of the face

PDF: Child Health Information - HOME-GOING CARE: PAIN CONTROL

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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Corregido: 2005

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 2005

 

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