Continuous opioid infusion

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This page explains how a continuous opioid infusion gives a specific and constant amount of pain medication to your child through an IV.

Key points

  • Continuous infusion means your child gets a constant, steady amount of medicine to control pain.
  • Opioids are strong medicines that control pain, such as morphine. Most side effects from opioid medicines are mild and can be treated.
  • Your child's pain will be assessed regularly.
  • How much medicine is used, and for how long, depends on your child's condition and how much pain your child has.
Last updated: December 29th 2009