The use of Paracetamol for Paediatric Pain


Paracetamol can be an effective analgesic for mild to moderate pain and when used correctly has minimal side effects. As a first line agent for managing pain in children it is important for all nurses and anyone providing care to children to understand the indications for use, correct dosing, contraindications and any potential adverse effects.

This module provides an update on the use of paracetamol to treat mild to moderate pain in paediatrics.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Know the indications for use of paracetamol to treat paediatric pain.
  • Know the contraindications for use of paracetamol in paediatrics.
  • Know the common adverse effects of paracetamol.
  • Know the recommended doses for paracetamol for use in paediatrics.

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