Gently stroking babies reduces their pain perception
Pain processing is reduced in babies by gently stroking them - short science news and articles

Researchers have found that brushing infants lightly, approximately 3 cm per second provides pain relief if done just before a medical procedure. It seems that doing this reduces the activity in the infant brain which is associated with painful experiences.

The scientists used electroencephalography (EEG) which measures bursts of electric activity from the surface of the brain. It has been previously shown that EEG activity is increased in infant brain immediately after a blood test.

However, this EEG activation can be lowered by light stroking of the babies. This could explain the soothing power of touch based interventions such as infant massage and kangaroo care could reduce pain perception in babies.

Read the full story: Independent
Scientific publication: Current Biology

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