Pediatrics and Clinical Trials

Medicines and devices that help improve your child’s life are made available because of important research. 

These trials evaluate new medicines, as well as medicines that have already been approved for adults, to determine if children will benefit from their use. 

Children and clinical studies: For parents and caregivers

What are pediatric clinical studies?
Children are not little adults, so that means some diseases that occur in children won’t occur in adults, and some of the same diseases 

occur in children but the clinical course or disease manifestations are different. Children also often respond differently to medications than adults do, which is why federal authorities require pediatric clinical trials to evaluate how well the medicine works and to determine proper dosage in younger patients. 

What opportunities are available?

Your child’s doctor may suggest a pediatric study - but you may also look for opportunities on your own. Clinical trials can provide additional treatment options for children living with a chronic disease, such as diabetes, asthma, or cancer as well as acute diseases like pneumonia.

Some studies are only following children for documentation or observational purposes while others may involve taking medication and require some tests.  Additionally, there may be studies meant for  healthy children to assess vaccines for the prevention of diseases, such as influenza (flu) or hepatitis.   

The safety of each child is monitored very closely throughout the duration of the study and your child’s well-being is always top priority. 

Click here to view a video on Children and Clinical Trials posted by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Clinical Research Trial Search

"Diabetes" or "Asthma", for example.