'Five S's' to use when vaccinating babies

April 16, 2012 4:22:55 PM PDT
One of the toughest things for new parents is watching their babies get vaccinated, but now, there may be a way to stop the tears.

New research suggests that knowing how to comfort a child through the vaccination process makes all the difference. The study, published in the journal "Pediatrics," finds the five techniques commonly recommended by doctors to deal with the pain of baby colic appear to also lower the pain after vaccinations.

The "Five S's" include shushing, swaddling tightly in a blanket, swinging back and forth, side or stomach positioning (holding the baby on his or her right side, face down), and something to suck on.