Longer-lasting pain: How to treat and manage in infants and toddlers

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Find out how to treat and manage longer-lasting pain in infants.

Key points

  • Ongoing pain during infancy, if not managed properly, can affect how infants react to pain later in life and how their brains develop.
  • The 3P approach to pain management is a mix of psychological, physical and pharmacological methods to treat and manage pain.
  • Psychological approaches include keeping a calm environment and talking to your infant to distract them.
  • Physical approaches include skin-to-skin contact and facilitated tucking.
  • Pharmacological approaches include numbing creams, sugar water and medications.
Last updated: January 25th 2019