Children just like anyone else endure pain from time to time. This is especially seen in children who suffer from severe illnesses, such as cancer or epilepsy. Fortunately, the pain associated with these conditions can easily be treated with medicinal marijuana.
But what about bumps, scrapes and bruises? There’s no reason to bring out the ‘green grass’ for minor pain, so it’s good to know about alternative pain management options.
Treating Acute and Minor Pain in Children
The type of pain a child is suffering from will ultimately determine the best type of pain medication to administer. Tylenol is highly recommended for children who have a headache, earache, etc.
Opioids are sometimes used to treat pain in children after having surgery. Since Opioids tend to be strong, they should be avoided if at all possible; however, in some instances, they will serve as the only form of effective pain management treatment for children.
For children who don’t respond normally to other forms of pain medication, antidepressants are sometimes prescribed. When taking antidepressants, the neurotransmitters in the body signal the body to become relaxed, which enhances pain control.
Some types of minor and acute pains in children are managed with a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pump; however, the child/patient does not control the pump unless he or she is at least seven years of age.
What happens when a child has trouble with pain medications?
A lot of children refuse to take pills, and some even refuse to take pain medication in liquid form. Fortunately, there are other ways to administer pain medications.
One type of alternative way is via a Fentanyl patch. The patch is simply applied to the skin and medication is delivered on a time-release basis. Lidocaine cream, available over the counter, is a cream that can be applied to the skin about an hour before a child is to receive a shot or spinal tap. The cream numbs the area, thus resulting in little or no pain for the child when the shot or spinal tap is administered.
Non-medication Forms of Pain Management
From music to ice packs to emotional support, there are many ways to alleviate pain without taking medication; however, most times, it’s a combination of both medication and non-medication methods that work the best.
Children Deserve the Best
As technology and scientific studies progress, there are high hopes for the creation of new forms of pain management for children. Parents should remain open to various forms of pain management, especially natural remedies, including medicinal marijuana. They should also discuss the available options with their children’s doctors to ensure the best pain management techniques are being taken advantage of.