Everyone certainly feels pain. Indeed, the existence of pain is to protect you. The onset of pain warns you that something you are doing or experiencing has the potential to harm you, and you should stop it.
What about babies? Some people believe that the baby's brain has not developed enough to cause pain, but is that true? Is this sensation not felt by the sick baby?
Babies can feel pain since birth
A recent study by Oxford University revealed that babies also feel pain. The study, published in the eLife journal, compared pain between 10 healthy babies aged 1-6 days with 10 healthy adults aged 23-36 years.
Research is done by scanning the baby's brain, after the baby has been given stimulation that has an effect on the soles of his feet, when the baby sleeps. Similar things apply to adult participants.
After the treatment, the study found that 18 of the 20 areas of the brain that are active when adults feel pain, are also active in infants. The findings also explain that babies are more sensitive to pain than adults.
How do you know when your baby feels pain?
Because babies cannot speak, sometimes it confuses parents to find out when the baby is in pain or not. Assessing the baby's crying is the most effective way to find out whether the baby is sick or not.
Not much different from adults, baby crying which means that he feels pain usually tends to suddenly and sound loud. The duration of crying also tends to be long and is followed by a number of delays when the baby steals his breath, because his breath is exhausted to cry.
The effect of vaccination is one of the things at the beginning of the baby's age that can cause the baby to get sick.
How to deal with pain in infants after immunization?
Some things you can do to stop your baby's crying or overcome the pain effects of the vaccine your baby feels, include:
1. Feed it
By breastfeeding the baby after the baby is given a vaccine, you can help him change his mind from "sick, sick, sick" to, "eat, eat, eat", so that it can also help reduce the duration of the baby's crying. However, this method is recommended to be done after giving the vaccine, because milk is feared that the baby will actually be expelled during the administration of the vaccine, if you suckle it before the vaccine is given.
2. Hug it
Hugging the baby so that there is skin contact between you and your baby during the administration of the vaccine, can help calm the baby and distract him from the effects of the pain he will feel. But you should, make sure if your hug does not actually block the point to be injected. Usually this point is on your baby's thigh or arm.
Gently rubbing the skin close to the part that gets vaccinated for about 10 seconds, can help reduce the pain the baby feels. You can even do this technique until your baby grows into children later.
4. Sounds and toys
In addition to breastfeeding, stroking and hugging it, giving it a favorite toy or playing a certain sound, both from a song even from the noise around you like the sound of a vaccum cleaner, you can also try to distract it.
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