Gently stroking babies ‘provides pain relief’

_104844583_babystroking_gettyimages-1072420002Source: BBC News

Gently stroking a baby reduces activity in their brain associated with painful experiences, a study has found.

The study, by University of Oxford and Liverpool John Moores University, monitored the brain activity of 32 babies while they had blood tests.

Half were stroked with a soft brush beforehand and they showed 40% less pain activity in their brain.

Author Rebeccah Slater said: “Touch seems to have analgesic potential without the risk of side-effects.”

The study found that the optimal pain-reducing stroking speed was about 3cm (1in) per second.

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