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Your child is in pain and needs treatment right away. We believe the Intra-nasal Fentanyl is the best way to take away severe pain in children. It is the quickest and least painful way.
Ways to Give Pain Medicine
Nose spray - the quickest and most effective way without a needle stick
IV - effective but can be painful and scary to children
By mouth - takes too long to go into effect (up to 30 minutes)
Fentanyl is a strong pain medicine. It works in 5 to 10 minutes. This medicine is often used in IV form to reduce moderate to severe pain.
How it is Given
We use a device called an atomizer, as shown below.
This medicine takes effect within 5 to 10 minutes and will last 30 to 60 minutes.
No serious problems have been reported. When the medicine is given, your child may:
Have mild irritation of the nose causing brief gagging or coughing
Have watery eyes
Have nasal congestion
After it is Given
Watch your child closely
Do not let your child walk or wander
Watch for falling
Tell the ED staff if your child:
Has breathing problems
Is not acting right
Still has pain 15 minutes after the medicine was given