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

  • How Often Should Children Receive Pain Medication?

  • We evaluate each child's condition to make sure the child is receiving  the best possible care. Pain medication is given on a scheduled basis.

    Many medications work best when the appropriate amount of a drug is given at scheduled intervals to provide continuous pain relief. Giving your child medicine on a regular schedule provides better pain relief and prevents the need to administer a higher dosage of medication when the pain increases or returns.

    Occasionally patients require breakthrough pain relief in addition to the scheduled medication. The decision to give additional medication is based on your child's reported pain rating, your observations and our assessments. In some cases, medication is given to a child to prevent pain during a test or procedure.

    The staff caring for your child will keep you aware of these decisions.