08 December 2010

A child's body talks of his pain

Thanks to groundbreaking work done by a South African researcher, the pain suffered by babies and children, both here and abroad, can now be measured by means of a simple scale.

When an HIV baby lies still, seemingly content with the world, it doesn't mean he isn't in pain.

But when you look closer, when you touch him, when you give him a hug, you'll find that his body is laced with signs of tension. Clenched fists, crossed legs, shallow breathing, a fluttering heart – all clues to the pain he suffers.


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