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The effect of nonnutritive sucking on oxygenation in healthy, crying full-term infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8031107     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Crying in healthy, recently born infants has been associated with decreased oxygenation, which may prolong adjustment to extrauterine life. This research investigated the use of nonnutritive sucking (NNS) as an intervention to reduce crying and prevent any decreases in oxygenation that may occur in crying healthy term infants between 9 and 72 hours of life. Twenty-nine experimental group infants, who received a pacifier (NNS) immediately after crying was induced by a heelstick, had statistically significantly higher transcutaneous oxygen tensions (tcPO2S) compared with baseline values than 30 control (ONNS) infants who did not. Infants who received NNS also had higher tcPO2S after crying than infants who did not. NNS, which attenuates crying, may alleviate crying-induced oxygen decreases in healthy, transitional newborn infants.
D M Treloar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Applied nursing research : ANR     Volume:  7     ISSN:  0897-1897     ISO Abbreviation:  Appl Nurs Res     Publication Date:  1994 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-08-10     Completed Date:  1994-08-10     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8901557     Medline TA:  Appl Nurs Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  52-8     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville 32610.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Gas Monitoring, Transcutaneous
Crying / physiology*
Infant Care
Infant, Newborn
Oxygen / physiology*
Sucking Behavior / physiology*
Time Factors
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