Study: Neonates undergo painful procedures without aid

07/2/2008 | U.S. News & World Report

A review of more than 42,000 painful procedures done on newborns in intensive care shows only 2% of the babies received pain medication and just 18.2% got nonpharmacological pain therapy. The researchers say that not enough is done to reduce newborn discomfort during medical procedures, that neonates are more sensitive to pain and that repeated exposure may change the way their brains process pain, affecting long-term development.

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