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  • Hasbro Children's Hospital Parents' Guide: Relieving Your Child's Pain

  • Pain Relief Methods

  • We use a variety of methods to help your child feel better, including non-drug treatments and drug treatments. Non-drug treatments to ease your child's pain include hot or cold packs, relaxation, music and other kinds of distractions. For more information on these methods, please ask a staff member.

    Many times non-drug treatments and drug treatments are used together to help provide maximum pain relief for your child.

    Medications called analgesics are used to help soothe pain. Opioids and non-opioids are two types of analgesics commonly prescribed.

    • Non-opioids are used to treat mild to moderate pain and reduce fever and inflammation. Examples include acetaminophen (Tylenol) and non-steroidal antiinflammatory agents (NSAIDS). Examples of NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Motrin) and ketorolac (Toradol). Aspirin is sometimes used as an anti-inflammatory agent in children, but should be used only under the direction of a doctor.
    • Opioids are for severe pain.They may be taken as a tablet or liquid or given intravenously. Medications like morphine, Fentanyl and hydromorphone (Dilaudid) are commonly used to treat a child's pain.