Ibuprofen has proved to be the best painkiller for kids with fractures as per the results from a recent study which has been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Both Ibuprofen and morphine can be used as a painkiller for kids as well as adults, the study claims. Oral morphine did demonstrate some adverse effects- as such, it was recommended that oral morphine should not be used as a painkiller for both kids and adults.
Naveen Poonai, London Health Sciences Centre and Western University, said, “However, evidence for the oral administration of morphine in acute pain management is limited. Thus, additional studies are needed to address this gap in knowledge and provide a scientific basis for outpatient analgesic choices in children”.
The researchers compared the effects of both ibuprofen and oral morphine on a group of almost 134 children between the age of five and 17 years with a view to evaluate the pros and cons of the painkillers.
They found that both the painkillers were able to lessen the pain- however, adverse effects such as drowsiness, nausea and vomiting were found among 66 children who were given a dosage of morphine.
Ibuprofen, on the other hand, was a safe and effective drug that could lessen children’s fracture pain- the authors of the study concluded. The clinicians will be provided with a foundation for more rational analgesic choices to treat kids who have fractures from the findings of the study were views of the authors.
Hopefully, these study findings will enable them to make better choices when it comes to prescribing painkillers for children.