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© 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. All rights reserved. Pain in infancy is often undertreated. Difficulties in establishing the best measures of pain and the limited number of pain-relieving drugs that are suitable for use in this population have meant that infant pain management has lagged behind that provided for adults and older children. In this chapter we will discuss the different measures used to assess infant pain; current strategies used to manage infant pain; the evidence for the long-term consequences of pain in early life; and, lastly, the ethical considerations associated with measuring and treating pain in infants and conducting research in this area.

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Book title

An Introduction to Pain and Nervous System Disorders

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281 - 293