Babies Feel Pain Similar To Adults, MRI Study Finds

Research may hold promise for diagnosing painful conditions in infants who are too young to express pain.

The brains of babies “light up” in a similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, suggesting they feel pain much like adults do, researchers said. In the first of its kind study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), scientists from Britain’s Oxford University found that 18 of the 20 brain regions active in adults experiencing pain were also active in babies.

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