Looks like Mary Poppins was onto something when she sang, "A spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down!" It turns out that giving infants a small dose of a sugar solution just before they get injections seems to make the pain more tolerable. To see what the study said,

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Dr. Linda A. Hatfield and her associates at the Pennsylvania State University School of Nursing in University Park report,

Administration of 2 milliliters of a 24 percent oral sucrose solution two minutes before routine immunizations is effective in decreasing maximum immunization pain and shortens the time before returning to a near normal state in infants at two and four months of age.

The children were given the sugary liquid 45 minutes before the shots were administered. I might have to try this trick (and treat) before my daughter's next doctor's visit.

Tell us, do you think it's worth trying?

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