DO INFANTS SENSE PAIN ?
Yes. much as we adults do, says a West German study at Heidelberg University. Only, they cannot assess
pain and communicate it.
So far, the medical
profession had maintained that infant do not have a fully developed nervous system
and are therefore unable to sense much pain. Not surprisingly, a 1988 study
conducted in the United States showed that only 6.7%of infants who were
subjected to lumber or morrow punctures were given pain killers. The rest only
experiments and observations of babies have recently revealed that the
psychological mechanics of pain perception is fully operational immediately
after birth. The Heidelberg scientists studied reflexes typically connected
with the experience of pain before coming to this conclusion. Their advise to
paediatricians: if surgery is performed even an new borns, sufficient
pain-suppression measures are required.
created on 01-09-2004
updated on 18-11-2006