Infants with colic who cry inconsolably in the first months of life may be suffering from pain associated with migraine headaches, suggests new research that investigated a link between migraines in older children and colic in infancy.
Sweet-tasting solutions such as glucose and sucrose are commonly used to alleviate pain in infants undergoing minor invasive procedures. Expressed breast milk may be an alternative to sweet solutions, but evidence of its analgesic efficacy is limited. Two new studies look at what works for neonatal pain relief.
When it comes to the possible link between acetaminophen and asthma, the most prudent response might be “first, do no harm.” That’s the advice offered in a review of recent clinical studies on the issue. Acknowledging the challenge facing pediatricians, policy makers, and professional organizations in the absence of incontrovertible evidence, the review advocates that physicians advise any child with asthma or a family history of asthma to avoid using acetaminophen. What clinical studies lead to that view?
A 3-year-old child presents to your community urgent care clinic with a small laceration along her chin that requires just a few sutures. The young girl is crying and anxious. It is worth it to come up with a creative strategy to handle her pain and anxiety in order to ensure success in handling the sutures.
Clinicians evaluating infants or young children following a simple febrile seizure should focus on identifying the cause of the fever, according to new guidelines published in the February issue of Pediatrics.