Tag Archives: Analgesia

Babies feel pain, and they remember it!

I usually don’t post about studies of painful procedures where there was no analgesic prophylaxis in some of the the subjects, except to criticize them, and if they are recent, to call for their retraction. So when I first saw … Continue reading

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Pain studies with untreated control groups in babies are unethical.

If you are performing a study of pain control in the newborn and you assign babies to untreated controls, you are creating unnecessary avoidable pain in the control patients. That is true for any patient who is incompetent, obviously including … Continue reading

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The FDA warns against anaesthesia in the very young

There has been accumulating evidence of the potential risks of anaesthetic agents, such as risks of enhanced apoptosis in animal models and long-term functional effects in  those various animal models also. All anaesthetic agents appear to be affected, which I … Continue reading

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Many unethical pain studies in newborns

Carlo Bellieni and Celeste Johnston (Conflict of Interest flag, I have collaborated with both of them) have just reviewed a couple of recent years research of analgesic interventions in the newborn. Of 46 randomized studies of painful procedures, 70% had … Continue reading

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Pain is bad for you, sucrose makes it better (even if you are a rat).

I rarely discuss animal research in this blog, but occasionally something striking stimulates a new post. I have discussed sucrose not that long ago, in particular I emphasized the over-interpretation of a secondary analysis of a non-randomized comparison of very … Continue reading

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Long term effects of surgery in the infant

To follow on from a study in a recent “neonatal updates”, there is a new publication from an Australian group that have been pursuing a prospective cohort of full term infants who had major surgery in the first 90 days … Continue reading

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Recent pain/analgesia articles

Several very recent articles have addressed issues of pain and analgesia in the newborn. van Ganzewinkel CJ, et al. Chronic pain in the newborn: toward a definition. The Clinical journal of pain. 2014;30(11):970-7. This article describes a consensus building expert-based … Continue reading

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Neonatal Updates

Deshmukh M, et al. Effect of gastric lavage on feeding in neonates born through meconium-stained liquor: a systematic review. Archives of Disease in Childhood – Fetal and Neonatal Edition. 2015. When I first went to one of the hospitals I … Continue reading

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Echocardiography is painless

Lavoie PM, et al. Oral glucose during targeted neonatal echocardiography: is it useful? Archives of Disease in Childhood – Fetal and Neonatal Edition. 2015. Echocardiography can sometimes disturb unstable babies. In this randomized controlled trial the investigators wanted to see … Continue reading

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The Power of Parent’s Touch.

My friend and colleague Marsha Campbell-Yeo is part of the Centre for Pediatric Pain research. She has just produced a video about controlling pain in young babies, which you can see here: My only beef is that all the parents … Continue reading

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