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Pain Management

Effective pain management has beneficial effects on young patients. Sometimes parents are concerned that pain medication might lead to an addiction, but this fear is unfounded. Insufficient pain medication could lead to problems.

We encourage you to discuss pain management with the physicians who are caring for your child. Educate your child about what will happen before surgery or other treatments to reduce anxiety and promote cooperation. Your presence in the room during a procedure may be comforting to your child. When present, stay in physical contact with your child and distract him or her with conversation.

Sedative medications may be needed in some cases and should be administered. If sedation is used, make sure your child does not have milk or food for the recommended time period. This will make sedation safer for your child.

Procedures are generally performed in a procedure room instead of your child's hospital room, which should remain a safe haven.

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