Sugar can ease child jab pain

Giving sweet solutions to children before injections reduces pain, research suggests.

Child jabs: sugar recommended (Photograph: SPL)
Child jabs: sugar recommended (Photograph: SPL)

Infants given 30 per cent sucrose or glucose solution prior to immunisation were half as likely to cry, trials showed.

Although researchers could not identify the ideal dose, they recommended GPs should consider giving infants sweet solutions before painful procedures.

Previous studies showed a few drops of sweet solution had an analgesic effect on infants during minor procedures.

Researchers found 14 studies of the efficacy of sweet solutions for cutting pain in children.

They assessed data from 1,674 injections in infants aged one to 12 months and found the solutions had an analgesic effect in all but one of the studies.

The authors concluded: 'Healthcare professionals responsible for administering immunisations should consider using sucrose or glucose.'

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Item Code: MINT/PPR-12008

Date of Preparation: May 2012

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