Health Tip: Comforting Baby's Pain

Direct contact may distract from the hurt

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(HealthDay News) -- When your baby is in pain -- be it from things like a circumcision, vaccine or incoming tooth -- parents can take steps to soothe, comfort and ease the pain as much as possible.

The University of Michigan Health System offers these suggestions:

  • Cuddle your baby, and try to have skin-to-skin contact.
  • Distract your baby by singing, cuddling, talking or moving.
  • Nurse your baby if you are breast-feeding.
  • If you aren't nursing, dip a pacifier in a sugar/water solution, but never honey.
  • Ask your doctor about administering a pain-relieving medication designed for infants.


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