Conditions + Treatments

Treatments for Children with Acute Pancreatitis

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How do you treat acute pancreatitis?

There is no specific medication or treatment that will help the pancreas to recover. Typically, what is required is supportive care to help the body’s normal functions.

Supportive care may include:

  • providing medicine to help treat the pain
  • giving anti-nausea medications for persistent vomiting
  • administering intravenous fluids to ensure your child remains well hydrated

Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) can treat mild pain. However, stronger pain medication, such as narcotics like morphine, may be needed.

In cases of severe pancreatitis, causing a child to not eat for many days, your doctor may recommend giving essential liquid nutrition by placing a feeding tube through the nose into the stomach or intestine. Or they may recommend providing intravenous nutrition. Nutrition is important in the healing process.

Once the pain, vomiting and discomfort associated with acute pancreatitis have resolved, your child’s appetite will slowly return. They should be encouraged to try and eat. You child’s diet will range from clear liquids to regular food. The choices will depend on what your child can tolerate.

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