Monday, June 16, 2008

Sucrose for Pain Relief in Infant Immunisation

From Medscape Family Medicine

Best Evidence Review
How to Stop the Hurt -- Sucrose Prior to Infant Vaccinations: A Best Evidence Review
Posted 06/16/2008
Charles P. Vega, MD

Vaccination is the most common procedure performed in infancy, although parents might have significant concerns regarding the pain associated with routine vaccinations. Moreover, painful experiences very early in life can promote somatization later in life. Oral sucrose has been demonstrated to reduce pain reactions among neonates, and the current study examines this simple intervention prior to administration of routine vaccination at 2 and 4 months of age.

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