May 4, 2009 --
Getting your baby vaccinated can be traumatizing for everyone. However, new research finds, there may be a way to minimize the pain simply by changing the order of the shots. Research showed the pneumonia vaccine was the most painful for babies. But, if given last in a multiple shot appointment, there was less discomfort for the infant.
Researchers theorize that giving a painful vaccine first makes the baby more sensitive. So, they now recommend doctors start with the least painful shots, and then progress to the more difficult ones.
The study appears in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.