Spoonful of sugar may ease babies' vaccination pain

February 6, 2008 9:08:00 AM PST
The saying a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down may be true for infants.

A new study shows babies who got a dose of sugar solution before their immunization shots experienced less pain than those who got a placebo. Researchers say that sucrose may be an inexpensive, short-acting, non-drowsy, and easily administered way of reducing the pain of childhood immunizations and other minor medical procedures.

This study was done through the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine.