Parents fear that if their children need narcotics for pain management, they will become addicted.
Dr. Jeffrey Gold, a pediatric psychologist and MedSchoolForParents.com expert, explains what is addiction and dependence among children taking narcotics for pain, and what parents should do about them
Dr. Gold suggests 4 easy rules to follow to avoid addiction :
- 1. First, work closely with your medical team and ensure they are aware of your concerns. Listen to their advice.
- 2. Working with only one doctor, rather than multiple prescribers, is the best way to ensure that one person is following up on your child's needs, and possible dependence issues.
- 3. Make sure your child uses the prescriptions as written. Don’t take more or less, do not change dosages, frequency or combine medications.
- 4. Finally, avoid 'cold turkey' stopping the opioid medication. Work with your team to wean slowly in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms.