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The Order of Vaccinations Helps With Pain

Childhood vaccinations can be a painful experience, especially for toddlers. Researchers from the University of Toronto decided to see if the order of receiving vaccinations could help alleviate their suffering:

"Typically, infants receive DPTaP-Hib (for diphtheria, polio, pertussis, tetanus and Haemophilus influenzae Type B) and PCV (for pneumococcal disease) at the same visit. Researchers assigned 120 infants, average age 4 ½ months, to receive the two shots in random order.

The procedures were videotaped and scored for pain by independent observers on a 10-point scale that measured facial expression and body movement. Parents rated the infants’ pain using a 10-point scale from “no pain” to “worst possible pain.” Finally, the researchers noted the presence or absence of crying. The results appear in the May issue of The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

By all three measures — pain scale, parents’ observations and infants’ crying or not — giving the DPTaP-Hib vaccine first caused significantly less pain."

For me a pin prick is a pin prick is a pinprick, youch!

 
 

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