Sugar Could Ease Pain Of Baby Jabs

13/05/2010 09:04 | Updated 22 May 2015

Right, listen up folks - scientists reckon they've found something which could make those dreaded baby jabs a bit easier.

And it's not some newfangled painkiller, but sugar.

That doesn't mean a Wispa bar will make you feel better afterwards, although it will.

No, this is about the babies - Canadian researchers say they should be given something sugary before an injection and this will reduce the pain.

The researchers from the University of Toronto found that newborn babies were less likely to cry if they were given a few drops of sugar solution before they had their jabs.

They looked at data from 1,000 injections and found this lowered the chance of the baby crying by 20%.

The research has been published in Archives of Disease in Childhood, and is based on clinical data from 14 studies.

The researchers found that both glucose and a mixture of glucose and sucrose worked to reduce the amount of time a baby spent crying.

According to the BBC, the team led by Dr Arne Ohlsson, of the University of Toronto, who worked with colleagues in Australia and Brazil, concluded: "Healthcare professionals should consider using sucrose or glucose before and during immunisation."

Adam Finn, professor of paediatrics at the University of Bristol, told the BBC: "Anything we can do to minimise the discomfort of immunisation for children is to be welcomed, and I would like to see more research in this area.

"On the one hand parents are more likely to return if the experience is not distressing.

"But more fundamentally, children don't agree to have vaccines, so we need to be sure we are making it as painless as possible for them."

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