Health Tip: Comforting Baby’s Pain

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  • 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.
    — Diana Kohnle