All babies undergo painful procedures, including injections, vaccinations and heel sticks to collect blood samples. The good news is that there are very effective ways to help reduce babies’ pain during these procedures. However, they’re only used in about half of needles and blood draws in newborns.

No parent wants to see their infant suffer. Today in The Conversation Canada, assistant professor of nursing Britney Benoit of St. Francis Xavier University and professor of nursing Marsha Campbell-Yeo of Dalhousie University outline three ways parents can minimize pain for babies up to 12 months old. These are safe, accessible strategies that enable parents to be the source of their baby’s comfort.

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Patricia Nicholson

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