Needle pokes: Reducing pain in infants aged up to 18 months

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Find out how to reduce the pain of needle pokes for your baby.

Key points

  • Needle pokes can be painful, which can cause stress both for babies and parents.
  • Before a needle poke, you can help reduce your baby’s pain and anxiety by using a numbing cream, distracting your baby, and/or using sucrose or breastfeeding.
  • During a needle poke, you can calmly hold your baby and/or breastfeed them.

Last updated: December 18th 2018