In what seems like lore from the dark ages of medicine, as recently as 15 years ago, most doctors believed that newborns didn't feel pain the way adults do. Nurses lanced their heels, drew blood, gave injections; doctors even performed surgery on infants with no pain control. Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics has guidelines to assure that pain control is part of any medical procedure.
What appears to be direct eye contact is more likely a baby studying the edge of a face. (Image Source / Getty Images / May 8, 2013)