– It's hard to see a child in pain. Kids can experience pain for a number of reasons - a broken bone, a bump or a scrape, a sprain, or aches and pains from the flu are just some of the reasons children experience discomfort. Whatever the cause, they deserve fast and effective pain relief that's appropriate for their age. Talk to your child’s pediatrician about symptoms and treatment options.
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The two types of medications doctors recommend most for relieving pain or fever in kids are ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Both of these medications ease body aches and pains and help to lower fever. Ibuprofen has the advantage of easing inflammation, an underlying cause of some types of pain. However, ibuprofen should not be used in children under six months of age.
Both medications are available in a variety of forms - liquid, drops, chewables and even in bubble gum form. Always follow the dosing recommendations which whenever possible should be based on your child’s weight since it is more accurate. Consult your doctor who can help you determine which form of pain reliever is most appropriate for your child.
Drug-Free Ways to Ease Pain
Having a fever is uncomfortable for children. Give them the cooling relief they deserve with soft gel sheets. When you apply one of these sheets to a child's forehead, it helps draw heat away from the body through the skin for up to eight hours. These gel sheets are medication-free and can be combined with fever-lowering medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen for maximum cooling.
For bumps, scrapes, sprains, insect bites and other "ouchies," hot or cold gel packs provide instant heat or cooling action to ease pain or reduce swelling. Cold therapy is ideal for bruising and swelling due to a sprain while heat helps to soothe achy muscles and reduce tightness and spasms. Kids love the relief they offer and parents do too!
Homeopathic remedies are a drug-free approach to easing pain or lowering fever in children. Homeopathic remedies are formulated with natural ingredients. They've been used for centuries to ease pain and discomfort and promote healing naturally. However, more studies are needed to understand the benefits of many of these formulas.
Kids experiencing pain or discomfort from sprains, burns, insect bites, muscle spasm or sports injuries will appreciate the natural healing benefits of topical homeopathic therapy you apply directly to the painful area. They're formulated with ingredients like arnica for bruising, horse chestnut to reduce pain and swelling along with other natural ingredients that are thought by some naturopaths to work together to promote the natural healing process.
What child doesn't experience an occasional earache? There are homeopathic remedies made specifically to help reduce the pain and discomfort of an earache. The natural ingredients are believed by some natural practitioners to work synergistically to ease discomfort and promote healing so a child can feel better faster.
Kids that are uncomfortable due to pain or fever want to feel better fast. Give them lots of TLC and the therapy recommended by a doctor to lower their fever and ease their pain. Always get the guidance of your child's pediatrician to make sure you're providing therapy that's appropriate for your child.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication as they may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking these products. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.