A practical guide to acute pain management in children

J Anesth. 2020 Jun;34(3):421-433. doi: 10.1007/s00540-020-02767-x. Epub 2020 Mar 31.


In the pediatric population, pain is frequently under-recognized and inadequately treated. Improved education and training of health care providers can positively impact the management of pain in children. The purpose of this review is to provide a practical clinical approach to the management of acute pain in the pediatric inpatient population. This will include an overview of commonly used pain management modalities and their potential pitfalls. For institutions that have a pediatric acute pain service or are considering initiating one, it is our hope to provide a useful tool to aid clinicians in the safe and effective treatment of pain in children.

Keywords: Acute pain service; Multimodal management; Opioid; Pain assessment; Pediatric acute pain.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Pain* / therapy
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Pain Management*