Tip 169: developmental care 2

Developmental care aims to improve neurodevelopmental outcomes in neonates.

In animal studies, experiences of pain during the neonatal period have been linked with long lasting accentuated stress responses, altered neural circuits, learning deficits, and behavioural changes.

Reference:  Sizun, et al (2004). Early developmental care for preterm neonates: a call for more research. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed89: F384-F388.

Previously published: 26/09/14

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