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Pain, Parental Involvement, and Oxytocin in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Poisbeau, Pierrick
Monaci, Maria Grazia
Kuhn, Pierre
Published in Frontiers in psychology. 2019, vol. 10, no. 715
Abstract Preterm infants (PTI) typically experience many painful and stressful procedures or events during their first weeks of life in a neonatal intensive care unit, and these can profoundly impact subsequent brain development and function. Several protective interventions during this sensitive period stimulate the oxytocin system, reduce pain and stress, and improve brain development. This review provides an overview of the environmental risk factors experienced by PTI during hospitalization, with a focus on the effects of pain, and early maternal separation. We also describe the long-term adverse effects of the simultaneous experiences of pain and maternal separation, and the potential beneficial effects of maternal vocalizations, parental contact, and several related processes, which appear to be mediated by the oxytocin system.
Keywords PrematurityPainParentsEarly separationEarly contact
PMID: 31001173
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Research groups Neuroscience de l'émotion et dynamiques affectives (NEAD)
Affective sciences
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Prévention des complications néonatales d'origine périnatale (990)
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FILIPPA, Manuela et al. Pain, Parental Involvement, and Oxytocin in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In: Frontiers in Psychology, 2019, vol. 10, n° 715. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00715 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:128202

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