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May 13, 2010 3:00 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Sweet trick to help babies getting shots

Mary Poppins was right--a spoonful of sugar does help the medicine go down.

A new study has found that giving babies a small amount of glucose or sucrose before a shot helps calm them more quickly afterward. They cried less often and for a shorter period of time.

The effect was more pronounced in newborns than in older babies.

The research was conducted in both Australia and Canada and published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

 

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