Common Myths About Infant's Pain
Myth #1 - "The doctors and nurses will always know if my baby is hurting"
Your baby is the only person who knows how much pain he or she is having. Parents are also good at determining when their baby is hurting. Pain is not something a doctor or nurse can see, therefore they welcome information about pain from parents.
Myth #2 - "Pain is a part of being in the hospital"
Unfortunately, every bit of pain cannot be eliminated for all infant's who are sick. However, much of it can be controlled to help your baby feel better sooner.
Myth #3 - "If my baby gets strong pain medicine, he or she will become addicted to it"
An addict is someone who takes drugs to get "high." Infants who are given pain medications may "get used to it" and adjustments may need to be made by the doctor. This is normal when a child has been on a medication over time. It is not the same as becoming "addicted."
Myth #4 - "The only way to help an infant's pain is with a medication"
Nurses use a number of techniques to help your baby at stressful times, such as swaddling, positioning, dimmed lights, soft music, sucking on a pacifier, and gentle touch. These are very effective ways to control pain in infants.
Myth #5 - "Newborns (especially premature babies) don't feel or remember pain"
Premature infants feel pain. It is true these infants are very tiny but their pain responses are developed at birth. Some infants may not move much because they are weak or very ill. Absence of a pain response does not indicate lack of pain. That is why the nurses and doctors must use special "tools" to assess for pain.