According to a new study carried out by scientists at London University College (UCL), England your premature baby may be...
According to a new study carried out by scientists at London University College (UCL), England your premature baby may be more sensitive to pain than a baby born around his due date. The study looked at pain sensitivity related to premature babies who had spent at least 40 days in hospital. The research team measured the brain activity of newborns and found that premature babies and babies who had been hospitalized for a minimum of 40 days had a stronger response to pain, compared to healthy babies of the same age who had not been hospitalized. When tested with non-painful touches, for example when babies were gently touched, their was zero difference in baby brain waves. However, when touched in a way that would be painful, say when getting a vaccine, the premature babies did show increased sensitivity. Why this study matters to you: If you have a premature baby he may be hospitalized for several months. He may also need to undergo various diagnostic tests. All of this could mean pain and study lead, Dr. Slater, notes that this means premature babies could benefit from better pain relief options. If your baby is born early, keep this in mind and talk to your baby's doctor about natural and medical pain relief options when your baby needs tests.

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