sucrose for pain control

Solutions of ordinary sucrose - table sugar - given to young infants shortly before painful procedures such as circumcisim, drawing blood samples by vein or heelstick, or routine immunizations has been shown to deliver significant pain relief in controlled scientific studies. A solution of 24% sucrose is given by mouth 2 minutes before the procedure; the dosage is 0.6 ml given by syringe or nipple.

Pediatrics 2008;121:e327-34.

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