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Infant Pain May Have Long-Term Effects

Monday, 03 November 2008 15:21
Newborn infants who are exposed to a series of painful and stressful treatments display a variety of long-term effects as older children, including an altered response to pain and an exaggerated physiological response to stress, new research shows.

Newborn infants, including those born prematurely, have functional nervous systems that are capable of perceiving pain, the researchers say. While many physicians have become aware of the need for anesthesia during circumcisions, for example, little is routinely done for infants who may face repeated needle sticks and other stressful conditions while in a neonatal intensive care unit.

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