Iboprofen the Best Pain Reliever for Children

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The first comparison study of painkillers and their effects on children found that ibuprofen was the superior choice. Researchers found that ibuprofen was more effective than acetaminophen and codeine in alleviating pain from bone fractures or severe sprains suffered by children treated in the emergency room.

Ibuprofen Relieves Pain Best in Children

A single dose of prescription drug Ibuprofen, available in generic form and under brand names like Advil and Motrin, relieved pain in 52 out of 100 children within one hour of ingestion.

The effectiveness of Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and codeine were compared in this study.

A study published in Pediatrics indicated that ibuprofen was more effective in alleviating pain than the other two medications. Pediatrics is the title of the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The effects of three orally administered painkillers were compared in the study in which 250 children between the ages of 5 and 16 participated.

The children received one of the following: 10-milligram dose of ibuprofen, 15 milligrams of acetaminophen, or 1 milligram of codeine.

The results indicated that 45 of the 110 injured children who took codeine and 38 of the 90 who took acetaminophen reported pain relief.

One hundred patients were picked at random and given routine amounts of medicine. Next the children were requested to indicate their pain levels on a 10 centimeter-long scale at the time they took the medication and again after an hour had passed.

Mark stated, “That’s a very standard, fairly well-accepted and validated way to measure pain in kids.”

Ibuprofen had the best score, showing a drop of 24 millimeters when children rated their decrease in pain after an hour had passed. The number was twice as much for pain reduction reported for acetaminophen and codeine.

Plus, after an hour had passed, more children who had taken ibuprofen reported what is thought to be adequate pain relief, or a score below 30 millimeters.

Since acetaminophen and ibuprofen are both effective in treating fevers, it can be confusing for parents when trying to select the correct pain reliever for their children. Codeine is also effective in bringing down fevers, but a prescription is necessary because it is a mild narcotic.

Mark thinks that the study should make things easier for parents.

But since Ibuprofen only provided pain relief to approximately half of the children, it may not provide enough pain relief on its own.

Mark wrote, “Numerous studies have shown that analgesia is not adequately provided to both pediatric and adult (hospital emergency department) patients.”

Previous studies have demonstrated that Ibuprofen relieves tonsillitis and migraine pain better than acetaminophen.

By Medical news.