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Touch Reduces Pain in Newborns

A new study shows that hugging and skin-to-skin contact between mothers and their newborns reduces pain such as the pain experienced during uncomfortable newborn procedures.

Researchers used crying, grimacing and heart rate to determine pain levels.

According to researchers, for hugging to be most effective mothers must relax, hold their baby close, and put light but firm pressure on the infant's back.

This study highlights the importance and power of touch in humans.

Source: Pediatrics 2000;105:e14.