Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Spoon Full of Sugar... Good for Babies?

FROM NBC: You're right, Mary Poppins -- a spoonful of sugar does make the medicine go down! Or, at least, a few drops of sweetener when it comes to young babies.

A review of research finds giving babies a small amount of sucrose or glucose before their shots can help calm them more quickly afterward. They cried less often and for a shorter period of time.
The effect was more pronounced in newborn infants compared to older babies.

This review included 14 studies -- 13 found a benefit to the sweeteners.

My theory is that the babies go, "What the heck is this sweet stuff? It is so shocking to them that they forget about the pain." I guess it is supposed to act as an analgesic so maybe there's more to it. Why do you think it helps?

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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