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Taking the Pain Out of Vaccinations

April 23, 2012
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Vaccinating an infant can be difficult for the child and the parent. Crying and the look of pain on the baby’s face are distressing.

A new plan called the “five S’s” eases the ordeal.

The five S’s are:

  • Swaddling (wrapping the baby snugly in a light blanket)
  • Side or stomach positioning of the baby in the guardian’s arms
  • Swaying gently
  • Shushing (soft sounds in the child’s ear)
  • Sucking (use of a pacifier)

The doctor says the steps make the baby feel like it is in the womb.

Independent research showed babies reacted favorably to the program. The least important step was the pacifier.

Most important appeared to be swaddling. Doing it right is not always easy. This video shows how to do it.

The method is in a book called “The Happiest Baby on the Block,” by Dr.Harvey Karp, a pediatrician

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