Measuring Pain Sensation In Infants

(c) The Journal of Visualized Experiments, from Electrophysiological Measurements and Analysis of Nociception in Human Infants

For those who are interested in scientific articles but don’t like to read them, there’s a great resource online. It’s called JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, and the idea is that they do open source (meaning you don’t have to pay to access the information) video-format publication. That is to say, instead of reading a scientific paper, you can watch one!

Check out this video of research on how newborns sense pain during necessary medical procedures (no worries; the medical procedure they’re testing is the “heel stick” that they do on all newborns. The baby in the video grimaces a little, but doesn’t cry, and you don’t see any blood.) This research is important because it helps to inform our understanding of how newborns sense and respond to painful stimuli (as opposed to non-painful touch), which will eventually help medical practitioners fine-tune pain-control measures during necessary medical procedures.

 

What do you think of this research?

 

Reference:

Fabrizi et al. Electrophysiological Measurements and Analysis of Nociception in Human Infants. J Vis Exp. 2011 Dec 20;(58). pii: 3118. doi: 10.3791/3118.

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