Calming a crying infant

In The Wall Street Journal this April, a piece headed “Just a Spoonful of Sugar” by Yuliya Chernova described the medical use of sugar as a pain-management method for infants, e.g., during injections.

Chernova wrote, “Sugar water ingested, via a dropper or on a pacifier dipped in the solution, has been shown to reduce pain in infants up to six months old. Many neonatal units give a solution of roughly one sugar packet mixed in about one tablespoon of water prior to shots and other procedures. . .”

The ingredients are available on flights that serve meals and can be suggested to the parent of an uncontrollably crying infant without risk to the airline.


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