Aim and objective. Thisstudy aimed tocompare theeffects ofmother’s milk, sucroseand paci?er useto overcome painduring
painful interventions to the newborns on the crying time and pain.
Background. Various non-pharmacological methods are used to overcome the pain associated with painful interventions with
Design. A prospective, randomised, controlled study involved 120 newborns in Turkey.
Methods. The population consisted of healthy newborns hospitalised in the gynaecology clinics of Trabzon Delivery and
Children’s Diseases hospital between February 2007–January 2008. The newborns who had blood sampling by heel stick were
divided into four groups: mother’s milk, sucrose, paci?er and control groups with 30 newborns in each. Data collection was
performed using an information form on the newborn characteristics, which was developed by the researchers in the light of
literature, clinical IR ear thermometer ET1 for temperature measurement, OXIMAX N-65 Pulse oxymeter for oxygen saturation
and heart rate and neonatal infant pain scale for the measurement of the behavioural responses of newborns.
Results. No differences were determined between the groups for heart rate and oxygen saturation in the newborns during
painful interventions (p> 0Æ05).Sucrose followed by paci?er was the mosteffective method of reducing thecrying time in the
Conclusion. The results indicate that all three practices reduce the behavioural responses to pain at a higher rate than in the
held by their mothers and during the procedure use of sucrose should be the primary choice.
Key words: heelstick, methods, midwifery, newborns, nursing, pain
Aim and objective.