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

  • Side Effects of Pain Medication

  • Side effects and reactions to pain medications are very common. These can include constipation, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness and itching.

    • Children who are constipated should be encouraged, if able, to drink plenty of fluids and eat a diet high in fiber. There are also medications to help relieve the constipation.
    • Sometimes when medication is taken on an empty stomach, nausea and vomiting may result. We encourage children to take some medicines with food. If your child is experiencing nausea, we will give medicine to settle the stomach.
    • If your child is sleepier or drowsier than usual, it may be a side effect of the pain medication. Sleepiness typically disappears when your child's body adjusts to the medication.
    • Itching is a common side effect of morphine and Dilaudid. If we can't control the itching with medicine, then we will change the pain medicine.