Babies feel pain
Aug28

Babies feel pain

Do we learn to feel pain? Babies’ scrunched up faces and curdling screams certainly suggest that our little ones feel pain. However, until the 1980s, scientists believed that babies’ responses were purely a reflex, and not a true pain reaction. So, fearing they would overdose these tiny creatures, doctors didn’t routinely use anesthetic even during surgery. The truth is that babies are born wired to feel pain. Just this spring,...

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Bend over and take your medicine:  rectal acetaminophen
Aug06

Bend over and take your medicine: rectal acetaminophen

Child refusing fever medicine? What to do when not even a spoon full of sugar will make the medicine go down. Most kids can vomit on command as many parents have witnessed after politely begging a child to take their medicine. Vomiting is no special trick. But I’ve yet to meet a kid who can bear down and push out a rectal suppository. So, if you’ve got an uncooperative medicine-taker at home, there are options. Rectal acetaminophen...

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