SHAFAQNA – A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal stated that ibuprofen is the best painkiller for kids with fractures.
The study concluded that both ibuprofen and morphine can be used as a painkiller for kids as well as adults. But further studies revealed that oral morphine had some adverse effects. Therefore, it was recommended that oral morphine should not be given as a painkiller to kids and adults.
Naveen Poonai, London Health Sciences Centre and Western University, said, “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”.
In order to evaluate the pros and cons of ibuprofen and oral morphine, researchers compared the effects of both the painkillers on a group of almost 134 children between the age of five and 17 years.
They found that both the painkillers were able to lessen the pain. But about 66 children who were given a dosage of morphine showed adverse effects such as drowsiness, nausea and vomiting.
Authors of the study concluded that ibuprofen was a safe and effective drug that could lessen children’s fracture pain. They also hoped that findings of the study would provide clinicians with a foundation for more rational analgesic choices to treat kids who have fractures.