Pain is “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage” (Treede, 2018). The phenomenon of pain is a personal and unique experience that many of the world’s population has experienced in some form or fashion throughout their lifetime. Neonates are exposed to many painful procedures and/or situations due to various medical ailments that may require a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admission. Infants have a special place in the hearts of adults all over the world, and any interventions that would increase the likelihood of diminishing or removing perceived pain in this population are likely to be accepted and utilized by many. The PICOT question developed is: In infants who undergo painful procedures (P), how does the utilization of comfort measures with oral sucrose (I) compared to oral sucrose alone (C) affect pain experienced during or immediately post procedure (O) in a twelve-week data period (T)? The PICOT question at hand includes neonates and pain, both two topics that most people can relate or have interest in. The topic itself draws attention to the project because no one wants to see babies' cry due to pain.

Date of publication

Fall 11-16-2023

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



Persistent identifier



Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN