Resource Summary

Clinical Question:
What are the best methods for decreasing immunization pain in young children?
Bottom Line:
The most consistent evidence is for breastfeeding (prevents more severe pain for 1 in 2 patients versus control)^ topical anesthetics (prevent clinically significant pain for 1 in 4 children versus placebo) and video distraction (reduces pain by ~2.4 points more than placebo on a 5-point pain scale). The evidence does not support pre-medicating with oral analgesics or reassurance/verbal distraction by parents for managing pain.

Publication Date: 2018-2-12
Last Updated on PCR: 2018-02-21 17:30:27