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Better preemie pain relief sought amid new call for action
San Luis Obispo Tribune

It happens every day to the most vulnerable infants in hospital intensive care units: fragile babies born way too soon are poked, prodded and jabbed as part of medical care meant to help them survive — and it can be heart-wrenching to watch.

Heel sticks for blood tests, inserting IV tubes, adjusting breathing machines — even the gentlest jostling to remove a bandage from translucent skin can cause kittenlike whimpers and tiny arms and legs to suddenly jerk. Sometimes there’s no sound at all — just a dip on the heart rate monitor.