oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - A review of pain management in the neonate : evidence-based pharmacy practice

Volume 78, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



This is a review of pain management in the neonate. It involves the biology of pain, and various assessment methods. The management of pain is described as multifaceted involving behavioural, environmental and pharmacological interventions. Pharmacological options include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, opioid analgesics, regional analgesia and oral sucrose. A multidisciplinary approach is needed in managing pain in the neonate and it is advised that a ward protocol is drafted and followed in the neonatal intensive care unit.

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