April 21st, 2015
Episode 294 of 1333 episodes
Until now, very little has been known for sure about the way that babies experience pain and it had been thought that young babies do not feel pain in the same way as adults. But a new study from the University of Oxford suggests the contrary. MRI scans of babies' brains found that 18 of the 20 pain regions are as active as an adult's. The study also suggests that infants might actually be more sensitive to pain than adults. Eleri Adams is clinical director of Newborn Care Services Oxford University Hospital.