Sensory Saturation: An Analgesic Method

  • C. V. Bellieni
  • M. Maffei
  • G. Buonocore


Until a few years ago, it was claimed that the word ‘pain’ was inappropriate for newborns, as pain is a subjective experience that newborns, because of their age, cannot have [1], and until the 1980s opioids were rarely administered to newborns in the case of surgery [2]. We are now aware that newborns actually feel pain and that anesthesia reduces brain damage due to hypoxemia, hypertension, tachycardia, variations in heart rate, and increased intracranial pressure provoked by pain [3, 4], all of which are particularly dangerous in premature babies because of the immaturity of their cerebral vasoregulation [5].


Premature Infant Intracranial Pressure Gate Control Theory Heel Prick Biol Neonate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. V. Bellieni
    • 1
  • M. Maffei
  • G. Buonocore
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Reproduction MedicineUniversity of SienaSienaItaly

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