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Children are at higher risk of developing fractured limb. A new study has found that ibuprofen is a better alternative to oral morphine in bringing relief for the kids from the severe pain caused by the broken limb, especially in the first 48 hours of the injury.
Researchers say both ibuprofen and morphine are effective in bringing pain reli0ef for children as well as adults. But oral morphine is not an ideal treatment for kids, thanks to the adverse side effects associated with it.
“Evidence suggests that orally administered morphine and other opioids are increasingly being prescribed. 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,” study author Dr. Naveen Poonai, from London Health Sciences Center and Western University in Ontario, said in a released press statement.
In order to carry a better evaluation of the pros and cons of ibuprofen and oral morphine, the researchers involved 134 children between age group 5 and 17 years and compared both the pain relief methods on them.
The researchers found that each group received equal benefits in terms of pain relief. But the adverse effects like nausea, vomiting and drowsiness were higher among the 66 children who were orally administered with morphine.
Concluding the findings of the study, the researchers said, “As the study showed morphine’s higher association with significantly more adverse effects, ibuprofen emerges as a safe and effective therapy for outpatient management of children’s fracture pain. We hope that our results will provide clinicians with a foundation for rational analgesic choices for children with fractures who are discharged from the emergency department.”
The study was reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) this week.