Pain management at home (1763)

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What should I know about pain management?

How can I help my child deal with pain?

There are some ways to help your child with pain at home.  Ask your doctor if these would be helpful:

What should I know about over the counter (OTC) pain medicines?

1. Acetaminophen, sometimes called Tylenol™, will often help most pain.

2. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory): some types are Ibuprofen, Advil®, Motrin™ or Naproxen.  These help with pain and inflammation. Inflammation means swelling. 


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What should I know about opioids (narcotics)?

Another name for opioids is narcotics.  Opioids are very strong pain medicines. They can help with pain in some cases.  Your child should not need them for more than a few days.

- has belly pain.
- has not peed or pooped as often as they usually do.
- has a big or distended belly.

What should I know about muscle relaxants?

Muscle relaxants can help calm tense muscles that cause pain. This kind of pain is called a muscle spasm. Your doctor may prescribe a muscle relaxant.

Special information about opioids and muscle relaxants


Call your doctor with any questions, if your child is not having good pain control, or if your child has special health care needs not covered by this information.