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The University of Michigan Health System mentions these warning signs that baby may be in pain:
- Crying for an unusually long time, or crying that sounds higher-pitched or more severe than usual. Not crying doesn't always mean that baby isn't in pain, however, as some premature babies may be unable to cry.
- Pay attention to the faces your baby makes: wrinkling the brow, grimacing, opening the mouth, squeezing eyes closed or deep lines around the nose can all indicate pain.
- Babies in pain may become stiff or pull their arms and legs close to them. Babies may also wiggle and squirm when in pain, while others may become very quiet.
- Babies in pain may be uninterested in eating, unable to sleep, unusually fussy or may not be easily calmed with the usual comforting techniques.
-- Diana Kohnle
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