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Parents and health care providers are encouraged to stop administering codeine to children aged younger than 18 years as either an analgesic or antitussive, due to growing evidence linking the common painkiller to life-threatening or fatal respiratory reactions in pediatric settings, according to an AAP clinical report.“Effective pain management for pediatric patients remains problematic, with studies showing that significant improvements and alterations in practice may be needed to provide safe and adequate analgesia,” Joseph D. Tobias, MD, FAAP, of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and colleagues from the AAP’s Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and Committee on Drugs wrote.
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