When babies feel painWWhen babies feel painWhen babies feel painEnglishNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)BodyNANAAdult (19+)Pain2010-10-18T04:00:00ZAndrew James, MBChB, MBI, FRACP, FRCPCSharyn Gibbins, NNP, PhD000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Pain is experienced by people of all ages, including babies. Learn about what causes pain and how to help alleviate pain in newborn babies.</p><p>Just like adults and older children, babies can feel pain. In addition to being able to feel pain, babies also have the right to pain relief. Every reasonable effort should be made to keep babies pain free. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Pain results when we are exposed to situations that are likely to lead to injury or tissue damage.</li> <li>Acute pain is short-term and chronic pain is long-term, lasting at least three months without interruption.</li> <li>Babies may experience pain because they are sick or injured in some way or from painful procedures, both diagnostic and therapeutic.</li></ul>
Quand les bébés éprouvent des douleursQQuand les bébés éprouvent des douleursWhen babies feel painFrenchNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)BodyNANAAdult (19+)Pain2010-10-18T04:00:00ZAndrew James, MBChB, MBI, FRACP, FRCPCSharyn Gibbins, NNP, PhD000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Toutes les personnes, peu importe leur âge, y compris les bébés, peuvent éprouver de la douleur. Apprenez-en davantage sur les causes de la douleur et sur les moyens pour soulager la douleur chez les nouveau-nés.</p><p>Tout comme les adultes et les enfants plus âgés, les bébés peuvent ressentir des douleurs. Les bébés ont donc aussi le droit à un soulagement adéquat de la douleur. On devrait déployer tous les efforts raisonnables pour soulager la douleur chez les bébés.</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>On ressent de la douleur lorsqu’on est exposé à des situations qui ont le potentiel de mener à des blessures ou à endommager des tissus.</li> <li>La douleur aiguë est à court terme et la couleur chronique est à long terme, durant au moins trois mois sans interruption.</li> <li>Les bébés peuvent subir de la douleur parce qu’ils sont malades ou blessés, ou à cause d’interventions douloureuses, à la fois diagnostiques et thérapeutiques. </li></ul>

 

 

When babies feel pain476.000000000000When babies feel painWhen babies feel painWEnglishNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)BodyNANAAdult (19+)Pain2010-10-18T04:00:00ZAndrew James, MBChB, MBI, FRACP, FRCPCSharyn Gibbins, NNP, PhD000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Pain is experienced by people of all ages, including babies. Learn about what causes pain and how to help alleviate pain in newborn babies.</p><p>Just like adults and older children, babies can feel pain. In addition to being able to feel pain, babies also have the right to pain relief. Every reasonable effort should be made to keep babies pain free. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Pain results when we are exposed to situations that are likely to lead to injury or tissue damage.</li> <li>Acute pain is short-term and chronic pain is long-term, lasting at least three months without interruption.</li> <li>Babies may experience pain because they are sick or injured in some way or from painful procedures, both diagnostic and therapeutic.</li></ul><h2>What is pain?</h2><p>Most commonly, pain results when we are exposed to situations that are likely to lead to injury or tissue damage. In this respect, pain is a useful occurrence and a vital mechanism by which we protect ourselves from possible further damage and aid the healing process. Reflexively flinching from a hot kettle is an example of this function. </p><p>At the same time, pain is different for everyone and is always experienced within an individual emotional, intellectual, and situational context. For example, a child might scrape their knee and feel no pain until the injury has been pointed out to them. The amount of pain a child feels can also be changed by the way in which parents and others respond to the situation. A parent who over-dramatizes a child’s minor injury may increase the amount of pain felt by the child. In addition to children generally taking emotional cues from those around them, it is understood that fear and anxiety play a large role in modulating the pain experience. </p><p>Compared to older children and adults, a baby’s context for feeling pain is not as developed. However, babies do feel pain and feel it within their own emotional and situational context. </p><h3>Pain is in the brain</h3><p>When we hurt ourselves, we usually feel pain. If we touch a hot object we feel a burning pain in our hand, but it is our brain that creates the feeling of pain. The brain cannot detect pain directly. It relies upon a sophisticated system of nerves and receptors in the skin, muscles, joints, and organs, and their connections to the spinal cord and brain. When we touch the hot object, the brain is able to detect that damage is occurring, locate where it is occurring, and tell the body how to respond. To us it feels as if our hand is burning, but this feeling is created within our brain from the information it receives. </p><h3>Conflicting messages</h3><p>While pain messages go back and forth between the body and the brain, so do many other types of messages. This is important in terms of pain relief because pain messages and other types of messages actually compete in a way with each other. This is why if you hurt your knee, rubbing it may help relieve the pain. The soothing messages created by the rubbing compete with the pain messages created by the injured knee. In the case of a baby, soothing sensations may help alleviate pain in the same way. </p><h3>Pain categorized by duration</h3><p>The most common way that pain is categorized is in terms of time: essentially, how long the pain lasts and how quickly it disappears. Using this classification, there are two general types of pain. Acute pain is short-term and chronic pain is long-term, lasting at least three months without interruption. </p><p>These pain types are not mutually exclusive. Both acute and chronic pain can be felt at the same time. Nor are these pain types rigid: for example, acute pain, especially if not properly addressed and treated, can become chronic pain. </p><h3>Mind and body</h3><p>While it is true that our understanding of pain and how it is felt has improved over the decades, there is still plenty to learn about what pain is, how it is felt, and what can be done to relieve it. Given that pain is both a mind and body experience, it is probably best to think of pain in both emotional and physical terms at the same time. Especially when trying to assess and relieve pain, it is probably best not to think of the actual physical injury alone. </p><h2>What causes pain in babies?</h2><p>Babies may experience pain because they are sick or injured in some way or from painful procedures, both diagnostic and therapeutic. So-called procedural pain might include needles for blood sampling. From a clinical point of view, procedural pain has an advantage: health-care providers know in advance that pain is going to occur. This allows pain relief measures to be taken before the painful procedure. Caregivers can attempt to minimize pain, whether it is a result of some form of injury or of a procedure. </p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/when_babies_feel_pain.jpgWhen babies feel pain

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