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How can you tell if a baby is in pain?

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Here are some signs that a baby may be in pain:

  • Crying from a baby in pain may, but not always, sound different than usual. A baby who can't be soothed with a bottle, diaper change, or cuddling could be in pain.
  • Crying while nursing could indicate an ear infection.
  • Long, intense crying, often at the same time each day. This is common with colic, which usually starts at the age of 2 weeks, peaks at 6 weeks, and then slowly goes away.
  • Crying and drawing the legs up to the belly could mean colic or a serious medical condition. Withdrawing. Ongoing pain can sap a baby's energy and make them quiet and unwilling to make eye contact.

From: Symptoms of Pain in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Schiff, D. and Shelov, S. Villard Books, 1997.  AmericanAcademyof PediatricsGuide to Your Child's Symptoms,

Zeltzer, LK. HarperCollins, 2005.  Conquering Your Child's Chronic Pain,

National Pain Foundation: "Pediatric Pain: Psychological Factors Related to Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents." 

Lonnie K. Zeltzer, MD, director, Pediatric Pain Program, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, Los Angeles.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

SOURCES: 

Schiff, D. and Shelov, S. Villard Books, 1997.  AmericanAcademyof PediatricsGuide to Your Child's Symptoms,

Zeltzer, LK. HarperCollins, 2005.  Conquering Your Child's Chronic Pain,

National Pain Foundation: "Pediatric Pain: Psychological Factors Related to Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents." 

Lonnie K. Zeltzer, MD, director, Pediatric Pain Program, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, Los Angeles.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

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