American Academy of Pediatrics New Recommendations

Based on recent evidence, the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its recommendations for the prevention and management of procedural pain in neonates. Evidence includes research showing early life painful stimuli are associated with abnormal neurodevelopment and other issues. Recommendations include written guidelines for pain prevention, limiting procedures, and treatment.

New recommendations including the use of:

  • Validated assessment tools for neonatal pain before, during, and after procedures
  • Nonpharmacological strategies such as swaddling, massage, skin-to-skin care
  • Oral sucrose/glucose
  • Pharmacologics such as pioids and benzodiazepines may be used after assessing both benefits and side effects

To access the library of information about pain management guidelines, click here.

Read an article about the AAP recommendations, here.


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