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Infant Behav Dev. 2009 Apr;32(2):226-9. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2008.12.001. Epub 2009 Jan 30.

Procedural pain heart rate responses in massaged preterm infants.

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  • 1Touch Research Institute, Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL 33101, USA. mdiego@med.miami.edu


Heart rate (HR) responses to the removal of a monitoring lead were assessed in 56 preterm infants who received moderate pressure, light pressure or no massage therapy. The infants who received moderate pressure massage therapy exhibited lower increases in HR suggesting an attenuated pain response. The heart rate of infants who received moderate pressure massage also returned to baseline faster than the heart rate of the other two groups, suggesting a faster recovery rate.

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