University of Oxford and Liverpool John Moores University found in its study that gently stroking a baby can reduce the pain he is experiencing at the certain time.
University of Oxford and Liverpool John Moores University revealed this when they studies the 32 babies’ brain activity before their blood tests. Sixteen among 32 kids were stroked with the brush and they got less pain than the other 16.
According to study revelation, the optimal pain-reducing stroking speed was about 3cm (1in) per second.
Author Professor Rebeccah Slater said, parents instinctively stroke their babies at this finest swiftness, if we can better understand the neurobiological underpinnings of techniques like infant massage, we can improve the advice we give to parents on how to comfort their babies.”
That speed of stroking activates a class of sensory neurons in the skin called C-tactile afferents, which have been previously been shown to reduce pain in adults.
But it had been unclear whether babies had the same response or whether it developed over time. There was evidence to suggest that C-tactile afferent can be activated in babies and that slow, gentle touch can evoke changes in brain activity in infants it is helpful in soothing and comforting them anyway.
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