Photo by LexiesMommyWhen my son was in the NICU, one of the nurses tried to give him sugar water before she stuck a needle in him. I quickly stopped her and was more than a little upset that she'd attempt to give my child sugar when I wasn't planning on letting him have any sugar until his first birthday.
Turns out, she wasn't just an overzealous Mary Poppins fan, but may have really known what she was doing.
A new study shows that if a child is given something sweet before he gets a shot, he'll experience less pain.
The international team of researchers studied more than 2,000 babies 1 year old and younger. They found sugar water lessened crying in 93 percent of children.
That's a lot less tears!
Researchers said that doctors should think about using sugar when performing painful procedures. I'm thinking my daughter is going to be thrilled when I pull a lollipop out of my purse before she gets her next round of shots.
Have you tried giving your child sugar before he or she gets a shot?