The Pain Epidemiology Of Pain In Children

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The author deduces that neonates feel more pain than older children and adults based on the pain physiology of neonates’ immature dorsal horns to block or inhibit descending pain pathway leading to a poor inhibitory coping mechanism. If this pain is not treated instantly, it can lead to lowering the pain threshold. As the child grows up, he\she is likely to feel more pain than those children that have not been exposed to noxious stimuli at an early age. Children experience pain from a variety of sources: injuries, traumas, surgeries, illness such as pharyngitis and otitis media, heel sticks, immunizations, vein and lumbar punctures. Children are not excluded from chronic pain which may result from repeated surgery exposure, procedural episodes,
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