Feeding "reduces stress" prior to infant eye exams

Feeding "reduces stress" prior to infant eye exams

Parents can help to reduce the stress experienced by their infants during a retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) eye exam if they feed the child beforehand, experts have claimed.

In a study published in the Journal of AAPOS, the official publication of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Canadian researchers found that feeding infants one hour before the exam reduces stress.

In addition, there were no side-effects, such as vomiting or gastric aspirates, said study author Dr Yi Ning Strube, assistant professor of paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at Queen"s University, Ontario.

"This study is important in that it lets parents and nurses know that they can safely feed their baby according to the usual feeding schedules without concern that it will affect stress response and gastrointestinal effects due to the ROP examination," she explained.

In other research, a new study by the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute in the US is exploring the safety and effectiveness of corneal collagen crosslinking using Riboflavin/Dextran and Hypotonic Riboflavin in patients with progressive keratoconus and corneal ectasia.

by Adrian Galbreth

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