Babies born dependent on opioids may feel pain more strongly, study finds

Last Updated: Friday, May 24, 2019

sleeping newborn(, May 16)  The infants of mothers who took opioids while they were pregnant feel pain more than other babies, according to a new study out of Penn State’s College of Medicine.

As a result, these babies may need more support.

The findings were published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. Read more.

Read the study:

“Prenatal opioid exposure heightens sympathetic arousal and facial expressions of pain/distress in term neonates at 24–48 hours post birth.”

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