Cuddle deprivation may have confounded experiment

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7007.747c (Published 16 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:747
  1. Coral Jepson
  1. Primary health care information officer Appropriate Health Resources and Technologies Action Group, London EC1M 3JB

    EDITOR,--While it is laudable that Nora Haouari and colleagues are concerned to minimise the trauma associated with a common neonatal procedure, the starting point for their investigation seems somewhat misplaced.1

    Firstly, they report that “parents could be present but did not speak or touch the baby during the procedure.” Three minutes is a long time to leave a baby without such comfort. I am …

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