Monday, March 09, 2009

A little bit of sugar provides lasting pain relief for babies: study

From CBC News:
Sugar has a calming effect on babies that lasts beyond 10 minutes, new Toronto research suggests.

Researchers at the Hospital for Sick Children, the University of Toronto, Mount Sinai Hospital and York University studied 240 babies and their reactions after half were given sugar and the other half were given a placebo following a painful medical procedure.

The research involved measuring the "pain responses" of the babies during a diaper change after a blood test, including recording their heart rate and facial reactions, such as squeezing their eyes shut and bulging their brows.

The findings, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, determined that while babies cried during a diaper change after a blood test, giving them a bit of sugar after the needle appeared to dull the pain.

The majority of the babies in both the group given the sugar and the group given a placebo were given a diaper change within an hour of the blood test.

The infants given table sugar, or sucrose, had lower pain scores than the infants given placebos. ...more

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