Melatonin Can Relieve Surgical Pain in Children, Says UC Irvine Anesthesiologist

University of California Irvine researcher Zeev Kain, MD, says melatonin doses prior to surgery can relieve surgical pain in children, according to a New University report.

Dr. Kain tested 148 children between two and eight years old and found that melatonin significantly reduced delirium levels. The children took the melatonin half an hour before surgery in the form of a syrup or oral supplement. He says melatonin could be greatly beneficial for the "certain percentage of kids that cry, flail and scream after surgery," according to the report.

Dr. Kain has also developed a web-based management system that helps reduce a child's pain by tailoring pre- and post-surgical processes to his or her needs.

Read the New University report on Dr. Zeev Kain.

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