Analgesic gel eases pain of cut repairs in children
Washington: A new study has found that topical analgesic could provide pain-free `skin glue` repair of cuts in children.
More than 50 percent of children who were given a topical analgesic had no pain during wound repair with "skin glue," according to the results of a randomized controlled trial.
Tissue adhesive or " skin glue" is regularly used in pediatrics to repair minor cuts but can cause pain or a burning sensation.
Researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine whether preapplication of lidocaine-epinephrine-tetracaine would decrease pain in children undergoing repair of minor cuts with tissue adhesive.
The trial involved 221 children aged 3 months to 17 years who sought care at an academic hospital`s pediatric emergency department in 2011 and 2012.
Children aged 7 or older rated their own pain using the Faces Pain Scale - Revised, a scale that helps children communicate pain using images with facial expressions; parents or guardians rated the perceived pain of younger children.
In the treatment group, 51 percent of children reported no pain compared with 28 percent in the placebo group.
The research is published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).