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08 September 2011

Mom better at soothing baby's pain

Preemies show less pain when mom holds them than when dad tries to comfort them, according to a new study of babies having blood drawn at the hospital.

Preemies show less pain when mom holds them than when dad tries to comfort them, according to a new study of babies having blood drawn at the hospital.

"There's a big difference between when a baby gets blood drawn alone in an incubator and when the mom or dad holds the baby for this procedure," said Dr Larry Gray, a paediatrician at Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago who was not involved in the new study. "The first take-home is, boy, this really works."

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