oa South African Family Practice - Pain medication in children : a practical approach : anaesthetics supplement

Volume 55, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



It was previously thought that infants and young children did not possess the neurological wiring to experience pain. We are now certain that the nervous systems of even the unborn foetus, as well as children, have developed enough in order for them to experience pain. In fact, they may perceive pain greater than adults can, because of increased inflammatory responses and lack of inhibitory responses to pain. It is crucial to treat pain appropriately to prevent long-term lower pain thresholds later in life.

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