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Fifteen-minute consultation: Pain relief for children made simple-a pragmatic approach to prescribing oral analgesia in the postcodeine era

Journal title
Archives of disease in childhood. Education and practice edition
Publication year
2018
Author(s)
Mason, D. G.
Pages
2-6
Volume
103
Number
1

What are the most effective doses of simple oral analgesics such as paracetamol and ibuprofen for pain relief in children? Why can’t I prescribe codeine phosphate for children anymore? Is oral morphine really a safe alternative to codeine phosphate, and if so what dose should I prescribe? These questions are frequently asked by clinicians who wish to give analgesics to children for pain relief. In this article I will address these questions and describe a pragmatic approach for pain relief using oral analgesics based on the best evidence available and my experience as a consultant paediatric anaesthetist.

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