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Sweets Ease Pain From Injections

Monday, 17 December 2012 12:21 PM

Mary Poppins was right. Just a spoonful of sugar really does help the medicine go down.
That’s the latest word from scientific researchers who found giving babies a little taste of sugar during immunizations may provide some comfort. That conclusion is based on a review of more than a dozen studies by the Cochrane Collaborative research organization that indicates babies do not cry for as long if they are given drops of sugar solution before injections.
"Giving babies something sweet to taste before injections may stop them from crying for as long," said lead researcher Manal Kassab of the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan. "Although we can't confidently say that sugary solutions reduce needle pain, these results do look promising."
Before 18 months of age, babies may have as many as 15 recommended immunizations against childhood diseases. Doctors have made efforts to reduce pain caused by injections through the use of medicines, creams, pacifiers, and distraction techniques.
But it is also becoming common for doctors to use a syringe or dropper to put a few drops of a sugary solution in a child's mouth. Scientists speculate that sugar may help to reduce pain by triggering the release of pain-relieving chemicals in the body or by contacting taste receptors that induce feelings of comfort.
The researchers reviewed 14 studies involving a total of 1,551 infants up to 1 year old. Most studies involved the use of sucrose, given two minutes before a shot, with water. Overall, babies given the sugar solution cried less than those given just water.

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